Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Thank you so much to Gina for this chance to share an extract of my new romance book with her lovely readers! Titled The Cornish Key to Happiness, it’s the final book in my series about Maisie Clark, a budding young novelist who took a job as a chambermaid at a charming seaside hotel. The following scene finds Maisie stopping overnight in London on her way to find her boyfriend, the handsome village groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who left their tiny Cornish village in order to confront the ghosts from his past. (My pleasure!)
I switched on the lamp in my sparse little room, slipped off my shoes, and rummaged for my pajamas underneath Mr. Bubbles and my copy of Davies' A Dark and Glorious House. Perched on the edge of the bed, I set my alarm for tomorrow, then laid down and tried to fall asleep. Which wasn't working at all, given the state of drawn-out anxiety in my heart and my head.
Rolling on my side, I tried again to slip away by telling myself it truly would be all right. Tomorrow would bring answers regarding the only blight on my existence, just as it brought Sidney back into my life, if just for a moment. From there, everything else would fall into place however it was supposed to be.
I know that he loves me. It is not past tense. Even if it never ends the way we hope, even if it changes from what we've known, it was still love. That's why he'll talk to me, and talking will make it all make sense.
On impulse, I opened my eyes and pushed back the covers. I drew open the curtain covering the window, and looked out on the city in the nighttime. By day, it wasn't a great view, but nighttime cloaked it in a midnight-violet cape, with lampposts and windows turned to stars in the distance at this height.
It was a little bit like the stargazer's view on the hotel Penmarrow's beach, if I used my imagination strongly. The view that had mesmerized me the night I shared it with Sidney, before our first 'half kiss.'
Hope stirred within me, struggling its way to the top of my emotional heap I was carrying inside. The promise that had seemed so far away had come closer to me when I sat and talked with him under that celestial canopy — the same promise that was now realizing itself with Arnold's negotiations. But Sidney had stirred more than the sparks of that beach fire in that darkness, and more than just the artistic dreams of a disillusioned young writer.
When I closed the curtain again, I found it easier to curl up beneath the sheets, and drifted off in no time at all.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
People often ask me where I get inspiration for my stories. The answer is, it’s usually something I’ve read or been told. That gets me wondering ‘What if…’ What if it happened a different way, to different people, in a different time or place. The first Lily Baker book, The Picture House Girls, was inspired by the true story of the Cutteslowe Walls in Oxford.
In 1934 a property develop was building a new estate. One end of the estate consisted of ‘corporation’ houses, the other end bigger private ones.
Afraid he’d be unable to sell the bigger ones if the corporation people had to walk past them, the developer built an 8’ wall with barbed wire top straight across the two longest roads, between the houses.
Imagine your own road if someone did that.
Naturally, the corporation people were outraged, especially as they had to walk a lot further to get to shops and bus stops. There was a decades long campaign to get the walls demolished.
The council had the walls knocked down at one point only to discover the road itself belonged to the developer, so they had to rebuild them. Then someone drove their car into one of them. Again, it was rebuilt. At the beginning of World War Two a tank drove through one of them. It was rebuilt. In fact, the walls weren’t finally demolished until 1955. There is a blue plaque to commemorate the Cutteslowe Walls - naturally it is between the corporation and posh houses.
When I heard about these walls, I immediately thought it would make a great story. At the heart of it is the struggle to get the wall demolished (in my story it’s only one wall) Lily Baker, a timid working-class girl gets involved in the fight and is encouraged by the eccentric leader to stretch herself and take on roles she’d never dreamed of before. Throughout the book she builds her confidence.
Lily works in a factory making men’s shirts during the day, but does some part-time work in The Picture House as an usherette. One night she is leaving with the day’s takings when someone tries to snatch her bag. The thief is tackled by Edward, an officer from the posh end of her street. It’s a real Cinderella tale - poor girl meets rich boy. A romance begins.
The romance is pure fiction of course, and so are many of the ‘facts’ in the novel. Having said that, the newspaper reports from the time give great insight into what happened. There really was an eccentric communist campaign leader. The publicity attempts described in the book were based on his campaigns. The council really did knock down the wall and have to rebuild it. A tank really did go through the wall. But I changed the time-scales so that the wall is demolished after a few months rather than decades.
I had to invent Lily’s home life so decided she would have an unpleasant father and a hard-working mother who was a cleaner for ladies on the posh end of the road. Her romance is stop-start from the beginning because Edward is away with the army, but it does progress slowly.
I’m not going to say more about the romance because I don’t want to spoil your fun when you read the book! You’ll find it on Amazon.
If you’d like to read more about The Cutteslowe Walls, click here.
You can get your copy of The Picture House Girls from Amazon.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
A heartwarming, relatively short holiday timed story that brings all the best of the season to potentially recapture what once seemed forever lost...
Thursday, October 15, 2020
MTMC Creative Blog Tour starring... WELCOME TO SUPERHERO SCHOOL by Gracie Dix - TOP FIVE + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, I’m excited to bring you my stop on the MTMC Creative Blog Tour for Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix! Welcome to Superhero School is the first book in The Vork Chronicles, a Middle Grade Fantasy adventure released April 28th, 2020 via Toast Industries! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends in an action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork...and trust me, you don't want to miss it!
Welcome to Superhero School
Series: The Vork Chronicles #1
Publisher: Toast Industries
Welcome to Superhero School! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork? Or will they stumble over their own doubts and painful histories?
This action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor will take our heroes to thrilling new heights and a deeper understanding of their own place in the world. But will that be enough—or will Vork always be one step ahead?
If you like books filled with super heroes, action, adventure, friendship, and heart...this one is a definite bet for your "must read" list! You get to know the characters as if you are one of the crew. You have the inside scoop on the dastardly deeds that you're trying to avert. You have the chance to see the good side and troublesome side of having actual super powers....something we'll get to a little more in a moment...and all the while, you're holding your breath to see if they can actually pull together to pull it off and save the day! Okay, so back to those SUPER POWERS...
...but don't let me have all the fun!
What super power would you wish for if you could have any?
Discover your Superpower & Mission at Superhero School Game !
She has been writing since she could hold a pencil.
When Gracie isn’t writing, she can be found singing, creating art, in the theatre, volunteering, or playing tennis. She loves to travel and is a loyal friend. Gracie lives in Dallas, Texas with her parents, Richard and Jennifer, her brother, Nate, whenever he is home from college, and her beloved dogs, Snowball and Sandcastle “Sandy.”
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