Monday, 18 December 2017

A Wedding at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke @aria_fiction #BlogTour #Extract

Thank you for stopping by, I'm delighted to be sharing an extract as part of the blog tour for A Wedding at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Love, marriage, birth, death and betrayal in the East End of London make up life in Mulberry Lane. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Cathy Sharp and Donna Douglas.

Maureen Jackson knew life as a trainee nurse wouldn't be easy, but she didn't expect her hospital to be badly bombed on her first shift. Plus Maureen still has her family and friends in Mulberry Lane to keep her busy – she's needed as much there as she is by her patients.

Running the pub on the corner of Mulberry Lane, Peggy Ashley is used to taking in all sorts of waifs and strays. But the arrival of a dashing American captain has got tongues wagging about Mulberry Lane's favourite landlady...

Janet Ashley's husband is back from the frontline. Which is more than so many of the wives of Mulberry Lane. But her beloved Mike is a completely different man from the one she fell in love with – and what's more he doesn't remember her, or their young daughter. How do you cope when your darling husband is a virtual stranger?

As WW2 continues around them, the women of Mulberry Lane know that community spirit and friendship is the key to surviving the Blitz.



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Leaving her daughter to look after her baby, Peggy went through to the bar, which smelled of polish because Nellie had been hard at work rubbing the wooden surface of the bar and the little oak tables set at intervals about the large room. The Pig & Whistle was an old-fashioned pub in style, built more than a hundred years earlier, with dark oak beams holding a rail above the bar from which Peggy had hung horses’ brasses that gleamed in the lights. The shelves behind were also made of oak that had gone dark with age, but Peggy had persuaded Laurence to have mirrors set behind them so that the bottles and glasses were reflected and it made the bar seem even bigger.

‘You’ve got this looking lovely, Nellie,’ Peggy said. ‘If you put the kettle on I’ll come through for a drink once Anne has her coat off…’ She broke off as the door opened with a ping and right on cue their first customer of the day arrived. He was a travelling salesman with flat feet, which he made much of because it was the reason the army had refused him. ‘Good morning, Mr Symonds, how are you?’

‘Very cold and my feet are giving me hell,’ he said. ‘Have you a nip of whisky for me, Peggy? Just to keep the chill off my chest…’

‘I’ll ’ave a sit-down and a cuppa,’ Nellie said cheerfully. ‘Then I’ll go up and give the bedrooms a clean…’

‘Yes, please.’ Peggy was thankful for her cheerful helper as she served the customer with a measure of whisky from under the bar. Because it was only so far the stock Laurie had so providentially stocked in the cellars before the war would stretch, Peggy had worked out that the regulars who always came to her for whisky should have their own bottles, which she kept out of sight. For the moment, she was still able to provide a drink of some sort even for casual visitors, but as the shortages began to bite harder, she’d known she must make sure that her regular customers didn’t go without. ‘Only a third of the bottle left, sir.’

‘Can you put another one by for me?’ Mr Symonds asked. ‘I’d be happy to pay up front if you wish?’

‘You know I don’t ask for that,’ Peggy said. ‘I’ll see what I can do, but it depends whether I can get more deliveries. They’re very hit and miss…’

Peggy didn’t want to reveal that there was still quite a stack of boxes stored in the pub’s cellars. She hadn’t even known they were there until Pip had shown her the secret hoard Laurie had put by without telling her –  one of his secrets, like the money in the post office bankbook that he’d told her about at Christmas, just in case he didn’t come back.

Once, Peggy had considered they were close, and she’d certainly been head over heels in love with Laurie when they married, because he’d been handsome and fun to be with. He was still attractive, but the laughter had come less often over the years, Laurie seeming to touch her only when he wanted sex. The spontaneous cuddles and kisses had been missing for years, and without realising it, Peggy had allowed the friendship of her customers and neighbours to fill the empty spaces in her heart.
‘You’re the best, Peggy Ashley,’ her customer said and winked. ‘Give me one of those scones, will you?’

‘I’m afraid there’s only margarine today,’ Peggy said. ‘You can have jam as well – but most people just like them plain because they’ve got an almond flavour.’

‘I’ll have a little marge then,’ he sighed. ‘This rotten old war – it’s a rum thing when we can’t even get a bit of butter on a scone…’

He took his drink and the small plate off to a table in the corner and sat down to open his briefcase. Anne entered from the kitchen and Peggy nodded to her.

‘I wasn’t sure if you would be in today…’

‘I’m free for the next week or so,’ Anne told her, tucking a stray wisp of hair back into her severe style. ‘The school board is trying to locate some children who ran away from their billets in the country and came home. When they’re found, I’ve got to take them back and help settle them into their new schools.’

‘It’s a bit of an upheaval for you,’ Peggy’s ready sympathy came to the fore as she looked at her friend. Anne was attractive, her light brown hair drawn back today into a swirl at the back of her head, but she had beautiful soft grey eyes and could have been really lovely had she taken the trouble to make more of herself. Peggy often thought Anne tried to look plain in her dull tweed skirts and hand-knitted jumpers, as if she had made up her mind to be an old maid and didn’t want any offers from men; perhaps because she’d had an unhappy affair once before. ‘Why don’t they give you a proper settled job?’

‘It’s because they need supply teachers at a moment’s notice. We’ve lost so many schools, either because they’ve been taken over by the War Office or they’ve been bombed. We’ve had to set up temporary schools where we can, and a lot of the young teachers are leaving to join the women’s forces…’

‘You thought of it at one time, didn’t you?’

‘Yes, when I was feeling miserable; that’s why I’ve done some voluntary ambulance work, but I’m glad I stuck to my teaching – besides, you get moved around even more in the services. Maureen has just been told they’re sending her down to Portsmouth…’

‘She won’t be happy about that now Rory has been transferred to a convalescent home nearer London.’ Peggy shook her head over the news. For years Maureen had been virtually a prisoner in her father’s little shop at the other end of Mulberry Lane, but Mr Jackson had suddenly remarried and Maureen had walked out on him and joined the Women’s Volunteer Service, opting to train as a nursing assistant. The man she loved had been wounded in the war and sent to a specialist burns hospital, but recently he’d been transferred back to London.

Rosie Clarke was born in Swindon, but moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire at the age of nine. She started writing in 1976, combining this with helping her husband run his antiques shop. In 2004, Rosie was the well-deserved winner of the RNA Romance Award and the Betty Neels Trophy. Rosie also writes as Anne Herries and Cathy Sharp. Find out more at her website:

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager @KrystenLindsay #WeekendBlitz #Review

Thank you for joining me on another fabulous weekend blitz, I'm delighted to be sharing my review of Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager.

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

 Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

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I think it's safe to say that I had certain expectations when I picked up this story however I was pleasantly surprised. This was a story that had extra depth with family issues, romance along with showing life at school for Emme and her friends.

The story moved smoothly and it didn't take me too long to read at all and it was easy to be pulled into Emme's world. I felt sorry for her home situation with her grandparents as it is such a heartbreaking situation.

There is the usual worries that Emme has to contend with as a teenager mainly boyfriend trouble but you also get to see her various friendships play out too. I think some of the things that Emme experiences will resonate with quite a few people, her insecurities and lack of confidence especially in her relationship. She has trust issues that definitely impact on her relationships causing misunderstandings and trouble. Emme is a likeable character and there is also a sweet element to the story that will leave you smiling away.

A story about friendship, love and life especially as a teenager.

With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Praise for Dating the It Guy:

“Dating the It Guy is an entertaining story that is as absorbing as it is hilarious.” Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

“A satisfying YA romance that is really about growing up and learning how to deal with life.” Writing Pearls book review blog

“There is so much to love about this book. Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how teens think and speak, and she understands why Emme would feel overwhelmed by everything about Brendon - his looks, his popularity, his feelings for her, his exes, his family.” Vox libris: the voice of books book review blog

 Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy. Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Best Sellers award. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Blanc View, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Liar Liar by Sarah Flint @SarahFlint19 @aria_fiction #Extract #BlogTour

Thank you for stopping by, I have a great extract to share with you today as part of the blog tour for Liar Liar by Sarah Flint. 

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

From the bestselling author of Mummy’s Favourite and The Trophy Taker.

DC 'Charlie' Stafford returns with a superb new, brutally gripping serial killer thriller, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons.

A faithful dog lies wounded beside the mutilated body of its owner.

A woman is discovered bound and gagged, dead in her own bed.

Both are police officers.

Both have a red rose at their side... worryingly more will follow...

Lies and accusations abound but who is behind the murders and why are the victims being targeted?

Charlie, Hunter and the team must find the killer targeting their own before another body is found.

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He pulled a scarf from his bag and tiptoed across the hallway to her bedroom. Her door was open. He could see her shape under the sheet, curled into a crescent, her back towards him, an arm hanging lazily above her head, her hair cascading in ringlets around her shoulders. A thin raft of light from the moon filtered in through a gap in the curtains, directly against the pillow on which her head was resting. Its beam lit up her face; her button nose casting a shadow across her cheek and the upper edges of her mouth. Her lips were thin, parted slightly in sleep, her breath louder, more constant now as he approached. Her eyes remained tightly shut, twitching slightly as she dreamed, unaware of his presence.

A few more steps and he was on top of her, his gloved hand across her mouth to stifle any scream. He rolled her on to her back, his weight pushing her further into the mattress. She couldn’t move. Only her eyes darted around now, wild and wide, trying to make sense of what was happening. Roughly he tied the scarf around her mouth and pulled her flailing arms up in front of her, securing her wrists in metal restraints. Her hands balled into fists, but they were impotent within the handcuffs. Her voice came out in staccato gasps, any words muffled within the material of the scarf. She tried to buck, but he was too heavy for her. He pulled the sheet off her, strapping her legs tightly to each other before binding her whole body to the bed, each limb held in place by electrical cable.

She lay trussed and immobile, her thin cotton pyjamas tight against the curves of her body, the scarf exchanged for paper wadding, held in place by duct tape wound round and round her head. The job was nearly done. He bent down over her, his face close, squinting through the eyeholes of the balaclava that he wore, his eyes exploring her body. Her physique was good for her age; she had obviously spent time working out in the gym, but she held no sexual attraction to him. She was staring directly at his face, trying, no doubt, to focus on his features. His mouth curled into a sneer. It wasn’t in his instructions, but it would be an amusing addition. He lifted the balaclava up and grinned down at her desperate attempts at concentration, before pulling it back into position. She would not live to give a description, but he liked to think she’d try.

What he did, needed to be done. He felt no guilt. He hated her and her kind. How he wished he could kill her now, to revel in how she dealt with the sort of intimidation, humiliation and agony that he himself had suffered.

But he had his orders.

And, before the clock in the lounge clicked on to 03.59 he’d slipped silently out of the front door, having followed every single one of them.

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

#Review Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple @laratemple1

Betrothed…to the wrong man!
Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!
Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire which has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…
Book 1 in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy

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This is the first book that I have read by Lara Temple so I was wondering what to expect. What I did find was a romantic and gorgeous book that completely melted my heart. It was such a delightful story that has a lovely depth to it, there is romance for sure but themes of grief and guilt also play a part within the story.

The chemistry between Nell and Hunter is perfect with a friendship forming first and then moving on to a gorgeous flirtation that was so much fun to see play out. I loved how Nell had picked herself up after the constant pressure and bullying from her family and became a more confident, stronger person than she was. This story has plenty of fun moments but there is also more heart felt scenes especially with Hunter and his tragic past. He is strong, flirty and very charming but he also has this vulnerable side that made me love him even more! He really is a perfect match for Nell but will they get their happy ending? 

I have to mention that there was also a little introduction to Hunter's friends and I really can't wait to read their stories. There is a wonderful charm to this story that will make you smile and sigh while reading. With loveable characters along with a warm and comforting story that is perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading or for the colder evenings.

Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress is flirty, sweet and very entertaining!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Lara Temple for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

When I was fifteen I found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later I emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance.

But the love remained one-sided as I progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until my mother gave me a firm shove by entering one my many drawer-directed novels into Harlequin’s annual writing contest. To my shocked surprise I not only made it to the top ten but Harlequin commissioned me to write five Regency romances.

I write strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion.
Like every (or most) writers, I would love to hear from you about books (not only mine) and history and whatever you find that makes you love this period and genre.

I live with my  husband and two children who are very good about my taking over the kitchen table for my writing (so I can look out over the garden and dream). I love to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up my dream vacation). 

I recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BlogTour #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Silent Children by Carol Wyer. Before you read my review let's take a look at the description for the book...

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

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Even though we are now on book four of the DI Robyn Carter series it still manages to feel fresh and new along with having the ability to keep surprising me. This series just keeps getting better and better and this is down to Carol Wyer's writing and of course the character of Robyn. She is a determined person whether it is work related or personal. It's not just Robyn that works so well in this story but her colleagues add so much too. They work well as a team and together with Robyn they share a great dynamic.

There is a steady pace throughout as the investigation comes together with information slowly but surely revealed to the reader but also keeping some back to provide a wonderful tension. This is guaranteed to have you turning the pages especially as this very tangled web of secrets and lies begins to emerge.

As usual I will never make a great detective but this story kept me guessing and it really was like one big puzzle just waiting for that last piece to fall in to place. The premise was so intriguing with an intricate and well thought out plot with lots of suspects to keep things very interesting.

I read this book in two sittings and the last couple of chapters flew by with me desperate to discover the truth. Then comes the ending and all I can say is that I seriously need to read the next book. I was left nearly shouting out loud "no, don't stop there!"

If you haven't picked this series up yet then you really are missing out. It's not just the brilliantly clever murder investigations that will keep you intrigued there is also a fantastic personal story running throughout that will make you even more invested in this set of books.

Five stars!
With thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.

Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Dark Skies by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #Review

 ARC received from Author.

Beware what lies beneath… 

One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.   

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost. 

Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. 

“L J Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“L J Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph

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As soon as I finished Cragside I was eager to start reading the next book by L J Ross. Even though it is only the second book that I have read in this series I feel as if I have known Ryan and the rest of the team for so much longer. This set of characters are brilliant and even though there is a very turbulent time in their working life there is still plenty of banter and a lovely sense of friendship within this team. Although there were a few times when I was shouting "no don't do it" at some of the situations that cropped up in this story. It really is a great contrast to have the loveable characters then to the ones who you despise!

I have always found cold cases intriguing especially as the killer will have carried on with their life without facing the repercussions of their actions. So I loved the fact that this book revolved around a cold case and all the complications that come with it. As usual I will never make a great detective but I still enjoyed trying to put the pieces together. I was kept guessing throughout especially as there are a number of suspects to choose from. 

L J Ross has a fantastic way of setting the scene with descriptions that easily puts the reader right in the middle of the investigation. Whether it's setting the scene and bringing the area of Kielder Forest to life or to the characters who will have you rooting for them. I was completely wrapped up in the entire story and I was reluctant to put it down other than to sleep. 

Engaging characters and brilliant writing, Dark Skies is another fantastic addition to the DCI Ryan Mystery series!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Louise for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon @BrookCottagebks #QandA #Extract #Giveaway #BlogTour

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon. Today I have a great extract to share with you along with a Q&A with Kathryn Haydon and don't forget there's a giveaway to win a paperback copy of Making the Difference!

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Genre: Medical romance
Release Date: January 2017 (e-book format) & March 2017 (print format); both available via
Publisher: Mezzanotte.

Single mum, Phoebe Jackson is stunned to find her new neighbour is hot, new doc Oliver Grey – locum consultant for Greenways Hospice where she is a specialist palliative care nurse. At their first encounter sparks fly, but soon there are sparks of a different sort. However, Oliver makes it clear from the outset that he’s not a settling down kind of guy. Having a family is not for him. Phoebe must decide if a summer romance is enough – or can true love change his mind?




“I like you, Phoebe Jackson – very much.” Placing a finger on her lips, Oliver silenced her. “If we take things any further it’s your call. Only before you make that decision you need to know something. I don’t do families, or long-term commitment. I’m a man who can’t offer roses round the door and a happy ever after ending. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, never say I didn’t warn you.”
       Feeling her cheeks flame, Phoebe gasped. Stepping back smartly, she broke Oliver’s hold, head held high.
       “I think you’d better go,” she hissed, keeping her voice low because of her son sleeping upstairs. “Though, for the record, aren’t you getting a little ahead of yourself, Oliver? I’m content with my life the way it is. Noah and I are fine on our own. It would take a really special kind of guy to make me even consider changing the status quo. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve already got roses round my door!”
       “Hell, Phoebe, I didn’t mean - - -” Cursing under his breath, he reached for her.
       Fending him off, Phoebe’s eyes blazed.
       “What exactly did you mean, Oliver? I’m not sure.” Her voice was saccharine sweet. “Are you suggesting, since we live in such close proximity, that you pop round for a spot of sex whenever the mood takes, no strings attached? We are both single, how very convenient. I’m afraid you’ll have to let me get back to you on that one. I haven’t had much experience of playing the hussy.”
       “Phoebe, be a gown up. I’m moving on after the summer.” Oliver gave her a hard look. “We both know that. I’m not into making promises I can’t keep.”


With thanks to Kathryn Haydon for taking part in the Q&A.

So let's get started…

1 –
What three words best describe your personality?

Quiet, thoughtful, shy (‘til I get to know you!)

2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?

Yes! Any of Barbara Erskine’s books, but especially ‘Lady of Hay.’ I’m fascinated by the time slip genre and I am in awe of her talent. She moves seamlessly through the ages with a spellbinding story, and always with such precise, historically correct detail.

3 – What was the last book you read?

‘Eloise’ by Judy Finnigan. Loved it!! A beautifully crafted story - and set in Cornwall, another bonus. Novels set in the West Country always appeal.

4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?

Hmm, tricky - - - I love to read, but I think my book choice would not be fiction if I was stranded on a desert island. So, on a more spiritual bent, ‘Benedictus’ by John O’Donohue, ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran and a very good survival manual! Otherwise I fear I wouldn’t last very long!!!

5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?

If I am jotting down notes in longhand, I prefer black ink and a specific make of pen. Also, though I can write anywhere, the aura of my surroundings must feel right. Otherwise it’s difficult to be creative.

6 – Is there a specific place where you write?

I am lucky enough to have my own little writing space: a garden shed-cum-office overlooking a square of lawn and a bank of lavender and fuchsia bushes. Can be a bit chilly in winter (I tell myself the cold sharpens my concentration), but is particularly beautiful in spring and summer.

7 –
Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?

On reflection, I guess so. Phoebe is caring and conscientious in her nursing practise; I like to think that was me, prior to retirement. Certainly, we are both passionate about promoting good palliative care. However, in other ways Phoebe and I are quite different. She is sassier and more confident!

8 - Can you choose three words to describe Making the Difference?

Heart-warming, gripping and emotive.

9 – Are you working on anything now?

Yes. I am working on a sequel to ‘Making the Difference.’ ‘Prognosis Guarded’ will be published by Mezzanotte sometime in the New Year. 

Quick Fire Questions - Which do you prefer?

Paperback or eBook?

Classic novel or Contemporary?

Cinema or Theatre?


Crisps or Chocolate?
Must I choose just one?!

Tea or Coffee?
Tea – brewed in a pot and not too strong.

Night out or Day out?

Day out.



       Hello readers, pleased to meet you and have this chance to introduce myself. I am a West Country author; indeed, the red earth of Devon is steeped in my bones. I write under the pen name of Kathryn Haydon – Haydon as a nod to my mother (it was her maiden name) and Kathryn for no other reason than it flows well!

        From as far back as I remember, I’ve loved to write and always hoped to be published ‘one day’ – but, as all writers know, the road to publication is a tough one and it’s taken me a while. Although short story competition wins, not least the Crediton Courier prize in June 2016, felt good, publishing a novel remained elusive. However, in January 2017, my dream was realised. What a thrill to see ‘Making the Difference’ launched via, first as an e-book and later, March 2017, in print format. A big thank you to Bettina at Mezzanotte for all her support and guidance along the way.

       What were the highlights as I worked steadily though my six- month contract with Mezzanotte, bringing my book to completion?

There were several, starting (of course) with Bettina’s email stating that she liked my synopsis and first three chapters – and could I please send her the rest. You bet I could; in fact, I couldn’t send the remaining chapters off fast enough! The thing that stands out most, though, is the excitement I felt on being involved in choice of my book’s dust jacket. A real ‘wow’ moment, especially as I love it!

       Why choose the medical romance genre? Well, they say write what you know and I am a retired nurse. So, it made sense to use a medical setting as the backdrop for my story. Also, I remain passionate about good palliative care; it really does make the difference. So, if you’re looking for something new – a ‘feel good’ book to curl up with on a winter evening by a cosy log fire, perhaps – then look no further. ‘Making the Difference’ is waiting for you, with an ending that won’t disappoint.

       I’ve enjoyed writing Oliver and Phoebe’s story very much. I hope you have equal pleasure reading it.

       Very best wishes,
       Kathryn Haydon.


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