I promised you details of new characters that come into The Granville Legacy – the final book in the House of Grace trilogy. You’ve seen Jessica the Ferrari, Murphy the Stallion and Ginny the Red Setter. Today’s character moves to the human form and a female in her thirties Kathleen Meadows.
Who is Kathleen?
Kathleen is from Wintermore, the fictional village just outside Wigan.
She’s a blonde and has long straight hair.
Kathleen possesses a fabulous figure and she’s not afraid to show it with her low cut blouses and mini skirts.
She’s rough and ready but Grace Gilmore sees something more.
Where will Kathleen Meadows fit into the House of Grace story.
You can pre order The Granville Legacy in Kindle format here. Release date Wednesday 17th March 2021.
If you haven’t been introduced to the Granville and Gilmore families – now could be the time as House of Grace and The Coal Miner’s Son prices have been slashed on Amazon Kindle at 99p/99c but the deal ends Midnight 16th March 2021.
To download a copy of House of Grace at this price – go HERE
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Did you know that House of Grace is four today? If someone had told me ten years ago that I’d write a family saga trilogy, I think I’d have laughed. I hadn’t even considered writing a novel – to be honest I struggled to write a short story. Poetry was always where my heart was. That was until I started my BA with the Open University. It was during the final dissertation that I wrote House of Grace as a screenplay and realised – hey I could write this as a novel. I started it while my mum was still alive and I used to get her to read the chapters as I wrote them. As it became obvious her days were numbered I frantically tried to reach the end but didn’t quite get there. After losing Mum I couldn’t face returning to my story but my loyal friend Maureen Cullen, who knows the Gilmores and Granvilles almost as much as I do, gave me the courage and confidence to continue. This resulted in re-writing the final chapters as they’d been hurriedly written.
After finishing House of Grace this sat on my PC while I continued with my creative writing studies when I enrolled on the first MA Creative Writing with the University of Brighton. I missed my characters and so when I started the Prose Fiction module I chose to begin The Coal Miner’s Son which, can you believe, is one today?
Graduating with my MA in 2019 meant I was free to work on the next novel and The Granville Legacy was born. I had hoped for this final book in the trilogy to be published today but things were slowed down due to the pandemic – however, readers won’t have long to wait to find out what happens in this last chapter of the trilogy as it will be released in kindle format on the 17th March 2021 and paperback 25th March 2021.
To celebrate the birthdays of House of Grace and The Coal Miner’s Son – from tomorrow – 10th March 2021 – the price on kindle will slash to 99p/99c for one week only. Returning to normal prices on launch date for The Granville Legacy.
Over the next week before release I shall introduce you to some new characters in The Granville Legacy. Today I’d like to introduce you to Jessica – George’s red Ferrari – Ginny – Jack’s red setter – Murphy – George’s stallion.
More from me before publication date but don’t forget House of Grace and The Coal Miner’s Son are FREE with Kindle Unlimited and from tomorrow 10th March 2021 you can download on Kindle for 99p/99c – ONE WEEK ONLY
International Women’s Day is a good time to mention that Grace Granville, although a fictional character in the House of Grace trilogy, is a strong, inspiring woman. Life throws all sorts at her but she picks herself back up and carries on. In Book 1, House of Grace, Grace Granville/Gilmore goes from a sixteen-year-old teenager, who knows what she wants, to a strong, mature woman. Grace doesn’t feature much in The Coal Miner’s Son as this story is about Grace’s son, George, a nine-year-old coal miner’s son, and Grace’s sister, Elizabeth. In House of Grace the reader doesn’t get to find out much about Elizabeth. Elizabeth is another strong, inspiring woman. Grace returns as a narrator in The Granville Legacy along with George, now a grown man.
Other strong women in the House of Grace trilogy are Nancy, Charlotte, Alice and Mandy. And although the trilogy is now finished, the series isn’t, and there will be more strong women to feature as Lori, Annalise and Vikki grow to womanhood.
The Granville Legacy is now available to preorder on Amazon in kindle or paperback format.
Although all the books act as standalones, the reader will get so much more out of them if you read in the right order of the trilogy.
It is my pleasure to introduce author, Jane Risdon, who has come along to ‘Patricia’s Pen’ to chat about her writing. Without further ado, it’s over to Jane.
Patricia, thanks so much for inviting me to contribute. I really appreciate it.
I’m a late starter where writing is concerned. I spent years wanting to write but being in the international music business put the brakes on my ambitions. Once I retired I had the freedom to let myself go and before long I was published in many anthologies and signed to a traditional publisher for my short stories and co-written novel with Christina Jones, Only One Woman (Headline Accent).
However, I consider myself a crime/mystery writer — writing the romance, Only One Woman, came as a surprise, but I find the story dictates the genre and I can write in many genres I’ve discovered. My music experiences both in 1960s and throughout my career, helped greatly when writing this novel set in the late 1960s UK music scene.
I’ve written many short crime stories over the years and I decided to put some of those not used for anthologies into a collection of my own, Undercover: Crime Shorts (Plaisted Publishing). There are dozens still on my computer. I have several half-completed novels on there too, including a sequel to Only One Woman.
Recently I signed with an Agent who is looking to place my series of novels featuring a former MI5 Intelligence Officer — Ms. Birdsong Investigates. The first novel is Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka. At present I’m working on two other books in the series.
My experiences working for the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as other government departments earlier on in my life, has given me so much material to call upon. Ms. Birdsong was screaming to be written. The Cold War, the ‘Troubles,’ in Northern Ireland, other world events were all filed away waiting for the day when I could write.
The kidnapping of Geoffrey Jackson, British Ambassador to Montivideo, by Tupamaro Guerrillas, and the expulsion of Soviet Embassy diplomats from the UK in a tit-for-tat move against the expulsion of British Embassy ‘spies,’ from Moscow, were all gifts from heaven for a would-be crime/mystery writer who would later add a dose of espionage to her stories occasionally.
Imagine how exciting it is to be Positively Vetted (PV) by a Special Branch commander who had been instrumental in tracking and arresting the husband-and-wife spies, the Krogers, who were part of the famous Portland Spy ring in the early 1960s – my imagination went into over-drive.
Later, working in Hollywood and around the world, I found more material for my writing than I ever imagined. Where there is power and money, there is crime, and intrigue. I’ve read many books giving true accounts of corruption within the entertainment industry in Hollywood — I don’t have to look far for inspiration for my material: some characters I know, and some I know about.
As a writer I’m never short of inspiration or potential material for my stories. I use my own life experiences, or those of others quite often. Write what you know they say.
About Jane Risdon
Jane Risdon is the co-author of ‘Only One Woman,’ with Christina Jones (Headline Accent) and ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ (Plaisted Publishing), as well as having many short stories published in numerous anthologies and writing for several online and print magazines such as Writing Magazine and The Writers and Readers’ Magazine.
Jane’s collection of crime stories, ‘Undercover Crime Shorts, was book of the Month onvirtual library and festival site, MYVLF.com, and her live video interview features in their theatre. She’s a regular guest on international internet radio shows such as theauthorsshow.com, chatandspinradion.com and The Brian Hammer Jackson Radio Show.
Before turning her hand to writing Jane worked in the International Music Business alongside her musician husband, working with musicians, singer/songwriters, and record producers. They also facilitated the placement of music in movies and television series.
It’s always wonderful to be approached by a blogger to talk about my books but particularly when this request has come all the way from St Louis. This was the case when Christal Ann Rice Cooper invited me on to her busy and established blog to talk about the background of a poem, and a poem that I had found emotive to write. For this I chose Soulmates which is included in my debut poetry pamphlet Taxus Baccata. Pop over and take a read and if you fancy a copy of Taxus Baccata – for a limited period the price for the print and pdf versions have been reduced starting from £1.99. You can order a signed copy or the electronic copy via my website HERE.
My Tuesday guest this week is the lovely Vic Pickup who has come along to chat about her poetry, including her debut poetry collection, Lost & Found, published by the awesome Hedgehog Poetry Press. Without further ado, it’s over to Vic.
About my Poetry
My poems are born from the need to extract some great philosophical meaning from everything in life. Character flaws have played a part too, as I’m an overthinker and also a bit nosey, which I consider two attributes crucial to anyone considering being a writer.
I have always loved poetry – from discovering Michael Rosen at primary school, to dissecting the classics at secondary. I was blessed to have several teachers who had a passion for literature and the enthusiasm to make it contagious. I went on to study at Loughborough University, where I stayed to do an MA in Creative Writing. After that I worked for trade magazines and then became a freelance writer before stopping when I had my second child.
I returned to poetry in 2018 after a decade in which I produced little – largely because I was preoccupied with having children but also had a bit of a self-belief crash. A writer friend suggested we set up a creative writing group which caused me to reboot, and has led to a great many things, including the publication of my pamphlet Lost & Found from Hedgehog Press last year.
I write largely free-verse poems which are accessible and, I hope, relatable. They tend to pore over a small instance or thing, lending lessons learned to other areas of life. Lost & Found contains thirteen poems drawn together by two I wrote at the start of the pandemic, which focus upon things sacrificed and gained at this time, some personal and others applicable to many. I found I had an abundance of poetry focused upon this theme. Hence, a neat bundle emerged which portrayed a journey of sorts – moving through hardship and grief, but emerging with strength. I hope the content will resonate with readers and the ultimate aftertaste is one of gratitude and hope.
Ideas tend to hit me at random and if I don’t scribble them down on the back of a receipt or my hand then they are lost. My best work tends to just pour out and requires few alterations before I’m happy, others take a significant amount of editing over time. My process and style are changing all the time as I challenge myself more – I am enjoying exploring form in particular at the moment and seeing how poems work when held by a set structure.
For me, writing goes hand in hand with processing the stuff of life, understanding myself better and creative expression which is essential for well-being. Whether I churn out a bundle of nonsense which goes into the bin the next day or write something of publishable quality, poetry is of great value to me, as is the community which supports the genre as a whole.
About Vic Pickup
Vic Pickup is a previous winner of the Café Writers and Cupid’s Arrow Competitions, and shortlisted for the National Poetry Day #speakyourtruth prize on YouTube last year. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, magazines and online, recently published by Mslexia, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Poetry Village and Reach Poetry. Lost & Found is Vic’s debut pamphlet, published by Hedgehog Poetry Press and featuring Pushcart-nominated poem ‘Social Distancing’. She is currently working on her first full collection
Thank you, Nigel Kent, for a fabulous review on The Montefiore Bride. Do pop over to Nigel’s website and check it out. If you like what you read, please consider purchasing a signed copy as all proceeds go to help the homeless at Crawley Open House.
Congratulations to my guest, Sally Trueman Dicken, as she launches her debut novel The Memory Tin. I met Sally at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Sally has come along to ‘Patricia’s Pen’ to chat about her writing so without further ado…
My Writing Journey
Sally Trueman Dicken
I was brought up in a world of books. Both parents were avid readers, passing down the joy of diving into another world. I can remember imagining myself in The Secret Garden or sailing off to Treasure Island. I progressed to Mary Stewart’s romantic mysteries and thence onto crime and romance in the adult world. Funnily enough I never considering writing stories myself. I think it was the attraction of escaping from reality that lured me in.
What got me going as a writer was studying for a degree in history as a mature student at Bath Spa University. All the work that seemed bothersome whilst at school was now a pleasure as I wrote essays and spent hours researching. I revelled in the exciting life of being a full-time student and having long discussions with other students. I made so many friends and reading their essays showed me how many different ways there was to tackle a subject which was very helpful when I came to writing fiction.
When I gained my degree, I was going to train as a teacher but a sudden up surge in family life did not allow the time required and so I studied part-time for an MA in Irish history. Putting pen to paper became a habit I could not give up. I started writing down ideas on any notebook to hand. I would study my shopping list in the supermarket and find it was on the back of an idea for a tale with a twist.
After attending various writing groups, I discovered the world of writers’ weeks with marvellous speakers explaining how they wrote their novels. It was here I heard about Lulu self-publishing and thought I’m going to publish my own book. Ten years ago, I wrote my very first chapter and synopsis for my novel, inspired by a ‘what-if moment’ in my family chronicles set against the background of my home-town which is steeped in history going back to the Domesday Book. The novel was a time-slip story, and I had no idea about how complicated this would be. I battled on and changed chapters, tried various systems of constructing the novel, with cards, time sheets, on the computer, writing it by hand and listening to it on Kindle’s text to speech. I have put it away in despair and pulled it out many times over the years, whilst I wrote short stories for The Peoples Friend and dealt with an expanding family.
It was Covid that nearly made me give up and Covid that gave me the time to pull myself together to complete the process of self-publishing, aided by a helpful mentor for the technology bits which nearly defeated me. What else was I going to do with the self-isolation and endless time on my hands. And so, at the age of 72, I will be proud to present my very first novel. I have great plans for several more books in the pipeline.
About Sally Trueman Dicken
Sally Trueman Dicken lives with her husband in Somerset, surrounded by grandchildren of various ages and dogs. When not restricted by Covid, she enjoys walking in the countryside and by the sea. She is an insatiable reader both on Kindle and in books. She is interested in history of all sorts and wildlife. She enjoys being a matriarch of a large tribe and solving problems. If she won the Lottery, she would found a home for discarded animals and people.
If an overloaded lorry carrying debris from a demolished workhouse threw a battered old tin at your feet, would you pick it up and carry it home to discover the contents? Grieving widow, Lizzy did just that and her mad impulse turned her world upside down.
When Lizzy carried the old tin home in a doggy bag, she did not expect it to contain anything of value despite the initials scratched on the front. Once opened, the surprizing contents, hidden one hundred years ago, start her on a quest to discover more about the owner of this tin full of memories. The journey to trace the history of the tin and the valiant young woman nursing in WW1 and her Canadian soldier suitor, forces Lizzy to emerge from her lethargy and to make new friends whilst she re-evaluates her own life and decides to make changes. A chance encounter with a woman with a tale to tell sends Lizzy in the right direction when all other research has failed. A roller-coaster of emotions follows all her discoveries until at last the past is laid to rest.
As the decades passed, the little tin lost its shine. All sorts of debris gathered under the floorboards of the ancient building. The blue enamel grew dingy and rusty spots appeared. Eventually only fragments of the white lilies-of-the-valley and bright blue forget-me-knots remained. Dents and scratches occurred as various furry creatures crept over the tin scrabbling with their tiny paws. Severe flooding one winter turned the basement into a swirling pool of mud that encased the tin when the waters seeped away. Luckily the tiny tin was watertight and guarded its secret well.
Inside the contents were intact – the memories of a wartime romance were preserved for posterity, protected from the world outside. A moment in time rested in this shell waiting to see daylight again.
Decades passed. Technology took over. Changes were made. Old buildings were pulled down and one day the little tin saw daylight again. It was destined for the council tip until it was rescued and opened. The secrets of the wartime lovers were about to be exposed.
Would this small tin get its chance to reveal hidden history?