Friday, 10 July 2020

Blog Tour ~ Under A Wartime Sky by Liz Trenow ☼



Delighted to host today's first blog tour stop 

on the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain in 1940 


Macmillan
2020

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and the invitation to be part of this blog tour.



As we prepare to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – which began on 10 July 1940 – much of the focus will rightly be on the extraordinary bravery of our fighter pilots who managed, over four gruelling and deadly months, to defeat a German airforce with more than twice the number of planes and flyers. 

Far less well known is the vital contribution of our secret weapon: radar. Invented by a small group of brilliant physicists, the early warning system gave the RAF precious time to scramble fighters and intercept the German Luftwaffe, robbing them of the element of surprise. So effective – and so top secret – was the technology that the government felt obliged to divert attention by circulating ‘false news’ that the RAF’s success was due to feeding their pilots plenty of raw carrots, which promoted superior eyesight, especially at night. The myth became widely accepted among British and Germans alike, and perpetuated long after the war. 

This remarkable story inspired novelist Liz Trenow, bestselling author of The Poppy Factory and In Love and War, to write her latest novel Under a Wartime Sky (published by Pan Macmillan). It is set at Bawdsey Manor, a gothic Victorian mansion on a remote part of the East Anglian coast, where a group of the country’s brightest minds were gathered, tasked by Winston Churchill to develop a ‘death beam’ to defeat the German airforce. The Manor became the first of dozens of radar stations hastily built along the south and east coasts of Britain, staffed largely by women operators who found themselves on the front line as waves of German bombers set their sights on Britain. 

Radar helped to win not just the Battle of Britain but also the rest of the war, particularly during the later phases such as the Blitz, ultimately changing the course of history. Yet apart from a small museum housed in a former transmitter block at Bawdsey Manor, the invention and the dedication of thousands of radar operators is far less widely recognised than the code-breakers of Bletchley Park. Radar later developed into microwave technology which has multiple applications today such as speed cameras and air traffic control, as well as in space.


What did I think about it..

With the threat of war looming, Kathleen Mott takes up a position in the kitchens of Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. Sworn to secrecy, no-one is allowed to disclose the important war work going on at this top secret Military base, and for Vikram Mackensie and his colleagues the race is on to finalise the intricacies of a new aeroplane tracking system.

What then follows is a lovely character driven novel which focuses on both Kath and Vic as they get drawn further and further into the war effort. Vic’s ability with science and mathematics allows him to play a very special role whilst Kath is determined to do her bit in the WAAF. Gradually these two, quite different people, find that they have much in common, and that despite the irregularities of war they do their best to remain in contact with each other.

The story draws you in very quickly, and I soon found that I liked Vic and Kath enormously, they are lovely characters to get to know and you can’t help but be engrossed in their trials and tribulations. It made a refreshing change to read a WW2 novel that didn’t rely entirely on the devastation caused by the war itself but which focused more on the technical side of the war effort. It was also fascinating to learn about the important part played by the boffins and scientists, which, thanks to their skill and knowledge, our fighter pilots took to the sky with a greater degree of security.

I must admit that I knew absolutely nothing about this aspect of the war and of the race to find a reliable means of tracking aircraft. Of course, I realise now just how important radar navigation was to the success of the war and all credit to the author for bringing the true facts of the radar pioneers into sharp focus in such a readable way.

The author writes this type of historical novel with great understanding of what readers want from historical fiction, so in Under a Wartime Sky we have an authentic historical setting, lovely warm hearted characters who you start to care about as friends, and a smattering of sweet romance, whilst at the same time the author carefully includes as much factual historical detail as necessary without ever losing sight of the human aspect of telling a really good story. 

Under a Wartime Sky is a beautifully written wartime saga which is an entirely appropriate read for this 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain as without the development of radar, the outcome of the war would have been very different for us as a country.







Liz Trenow is a former journalist who spent fifteen years on regional and national newspapers, and on BBC radio and television news, before turning her hand to fiction. Under a Wartime Sky is her seventh novel. The Forgotten Seamstress reached the top twenty in the New York Times best seller list and The Last Telegram was nominated for a national award. Her books are published all over the world and are translated into many languages. 

She lives in Colchester in Essex with her artist husband, and they have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren. 


Find out more at www.liztrenow.com


 Twitter @LizTrenow #UnderAWartimeSky




Thursday, 9 July 2020

Publication Day Review ~ Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian

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Elliot & Thompson
9 July 2020

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

Lev Parikian sets out to explore the many, and particular, ways that he, and we, experience the natural world – beginning face down on the pavement outside his home, then moving outwards to garden, local patch, wildlife reserve, craggy coastline and as far afield as the dark hills of Skye. He visits the haunts of famous nature lovers – reaching back to the likes of Charles Darwin, Etta Lemon, Gavin Maxwell, John Clare and Emma Turner – to examine their insatiable curiosity and follow in their footsteps.

And everywhere he meets not only nature, but nature lovers of all varieties: ramblers, dog-walkers, photographers; loving couples, striding singles, families; kite-flyers, den-builders, grass-loungers; young whippersnappers, old codgers, middle-aged ne’er-do-wells; beginners, specialists, all-rounders; or just people out for a stroll in the sun.


What did I think about it..

Over the past few months of this strange lock down period, nature has been my salvation. My daily hour of exercise has given me the opportunity to explore the natural corners of my world, enjoying the simplicity of new growth in the garden, or awe struck at the complex eco system in my local woodlands.

Into the Tangled Bank takes us on an exploration of the natural world in an entirely comfortable way and the author evokes natural atmosphere with fine attention to detail and a real enthusiasm for everything he sees and describes. The book is divided into easy to peruse chapters, which you can dip into and out of at whim, but no matter where the book falls open there is always something new and exciting to discover.

The book made me smile as the author's natural wit shines through in his descriptions of what’s happening around us in the natural world, not just on his doorstep, but also in the wider countryside. I found much to learn and enjoy about all sorts of different habitats, flora and fauna. I especially enjoyed the witty introduction to each chapter which gives the reader  a quirky insight of what is to come.

I think what comes through in abundance is the authors unbridled enthusiasm. He finds much to enjoy in the natural world and shares his experiences with such such joy that it’s been a real pleasure to follow in his footsteps as he describes the nature on his doorstep in an urban landscape, and, lets be honest, who wouldn’t want to be brave enough to lie on the pavement to get up close and personal with the Common Blue butterfly, after all, they are stunning little creatures. 

Urban environments aside the author takes us on a magical journey from countryside to coast and all along the way he shares lovely little snippets of historical information about all sorts of things you never knew you needed to know about nature, birds and animals. I especially enjoyed visiting the haunt of Gavin Maxwell in the chapter, 'Wild Things' as Ring of Bright Water has always been one of my favourite books. I also learned much about Charles Darwin in the chapter entitled 'A Garden is a Lovesome Thing' when the author visits Darwin's garden at Down House in Kent.

In this strange time of social isolation I’ve really enjoyed travelling around in the company of this expert guide. Into the Tangled Bank is a really lovely book, from its stunning cover to its lively content, it’s perfect for anyone who loves the natural environment. 

Into the Tangled Bank is published today by Elliot & Thompson as is available to buy from all good book stores.


About the Author

Lev is a conductor, writer and birdwatcher. In Into the Tangled Bank, he attempts to get to grips with what it means to be a nature lover. The book travels from his doorstep to garden plot, local patch, wildlife reserve and as far as the Isle of Skye. Everywhere, he comes up against nature lovers of all varieties: from ramblers and dog-walkers, to passionate enthusiasts or just people out for a stroll in the sun.

Lev is the instigator of the #twitterbirdsong project and hosts a new youtube channel Bird Brains devoted to all things avian.


Twitter @LevParikian 

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Blog Tour ~ The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English ☼



☼ Excited to be hosting a stop on this Blog Tour 


Headline
9 July 2020

My thanks to the publishers and Random Things Tours for my copy of this book
and the invitation to be part of the blog tour

Inspired by heartrending real events, the gripping new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author about a former nurse in an Irish mother and baby home who reunites the mothers with the babies they were forced to give up years ago.

Every baby's bracelet held a mother's secret...For almost fifty years, Katie has kept a box of secrets.

It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home, and contains a notebook with details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies' identity bracelets.

Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision she has long kept at bay. She posts a message on an internet forum, knowing that the information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers.

Soon, the replies are rolling in, and Katie encounters success, failure, heartache and joy as she finds herself in the role of part-detective, part-counsellor - chasing down leads, piecing together stories, and returning many of the bracelets to their original owners.

But there is one bracelet in the box that holds the key to a story that may never be told ...


What did I think about it..

When she worked as a nurse at Carrigbrack, an unmarried mothers home in the west of Ireland, Katie Carroll was the keeper of many devastating secrets. When she decides to place a message on an Internet forum hoping to reunite lost children with their birth mothers, Katie is inundated with requests from those who were born at Carrigbrack, nearly fifty years ago, and who are desperate to find out the truth. There’s something really heartbreaking about the box of baby identity bracelets that Katie Carroll has kept hidden as each tiny bracelet holds a myriad of poignant memories which have been kept secret for far too long.

This is such is a beautiful story which is both heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure and, I think, what makes this fictional account all the more poignant is that the author has based everything on true events. That such unmarried mothers homes existed is particularly shameful but I think it is the way that young pregnant women were treated with such utter disdain and lack of empathy by those who were meant to care for them which makes this such a difficult story to read.

Throughout the story we follow particular characters who respond to Katie's appeal and I won’t do the author a disservice by recounting the story as that would spoil things entirely as, believe me, this is one of those stories where you don’t want to see any spoilers. However, there are some really lovely characters each with a poignant story to tell, and pretty soon I found that I was rooting for them and really wanted everything to work out.

The Paper Bracelet evolves quite beautifully and more than once I found that I was reading with tears in my eyes as it all just seems so unutterably sad, and yet, the story is so beautifully written so that I couldn’t put it down, even for a minute. I read it in one sitting and all credit to the author for highlighting this shameful problem and for making this sad story into such compelling reading. 

Days after finishing the book, The Paper Bracelet is still very much in my mind and whilst I know that this is fiction, I can’t help but wonder just how many other true stories there are out there of separated mothers and babies which remain locked away in secret files somewhere.



About the Author




Rachael English is a bestselling novelist and presenter on Ireland's most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than twenty years as a journalist, she has worked on most of RTÉ Radio's leading current affairs programmes, covering a huge range of national and international stories.


Twitter @EnglishRachael #ThePaperBracelet

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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Blog Tour ~ The Light Within Us by Charlotte Betts ☼




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Piatkus
2020
My thanks to the publishers for my ecopy of this book
and the invitation to be part of the blog our today



1891. Spindrift House, Cornwall.

Talented painter Edith Fairchild is poised to begin a life of newlywed bliss and artistic creation in the inspiring setting of Spindrift House, freshly inherited by her charming husband, Benedict, and overlooking the stunning harbour of Port Isaac. But when her honeymoon turns sour, her dreams are all but dashed after a moment of madness and desire she finds herself pregnant with another man’s child.

Edith swears never to tell her secret and devotes herself to her art. Joined at Spindrift House by her friends – Clarissa, Dora and the secret father of her child, Pascal – together they turn the house into a budding artists’ community. But despite their dreams of an idyllic way of life creating beauty by the sea, it becomes clear that all is not perfect within their tight-knit community, and that the weight of their secrets could threaten to tear apart their paradise forever.


What did I think about it..


Newly weds, Edith Fairchild, and her handsome husband, Benedict, have everything in life ahead of them, both are talented artists, and they plan to start their married life together at Spindrift House in Port Isaac in Cornwall. However, on their honeymoon in France, cracks start to appear in their relationship which doesn't bode well for a happy life together.

What then follows is a delightful historical saga which is so beautifully woven together that from the very start I was enchanted, not just with the idyllic Cornish setting, but also with the way the author so cleverly weaves a story which spans several years in the intriguing life of those characters who get to call Spindrift House their home.

The Light Within Us is an intriguing story as it focuses not just on Edith and Benedict's complicated life together but it also allows a glimpse into what limitations were placed on women in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Many times I found that I was gritting my teeth at the injustice of life for Edith and her friends, Clarissa and Dora, as they all have their share of burdens. In many ways it's a story about marriage and motherhood and the complications of each, but its also about the glory of art and the tensions and insecurities faced by artists, who never think that their work is up to standard,

I raced through The Light Within Us very quickly as it's one of those stories which, very easily, takes you into itself and wraps around you so comfortably that you eat and breathe with the characters as they go about their lives. It must be said that some characters I liked more than others and there's one in particular who I could have easily seen the back of very quickly!

Beautifully written from first page to last, The Light Within Us, captured both my heart and my imagination as it was a really lovely story to read. It is also the first book in a proposed Spindrift trilogy and I feel that there is so much more to come as the saga progresses. I'm really looking forward to discovering what happens next for Edith, and her friends, at Spindrift House.







Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. The Apothecary’s Daughter was her debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2012.

Twitter @CharlotteBetts1 #The LightWithinUs

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Monday, 6 July 2020

Book Review ~ Taken in Nuala by Harriet Steel

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18 April 2020

Inspector de Silva Mystery #8

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book

When an American millionaire and his glamorous daughter visit Nuala, the splendour they bring to the town's high society is soon tragically tarnished by a vicious crime.With many avenues of inquiry to follow, including the involvement of a mysterious fortune teller, Inspector de Silva will need all his resources to unravel the evidence and avert further disaster.A gripping mystery with lots of twists and turns set in the colourful and fascinating world of 1930s Ceylon.

What did I think about it..

Whenever I step back in time to 1930s Ceylon in the company of Inspector de Silva and his lovely wife, Jane, I know that I am in for a real treat, as not only is the history of the time beautifully recreated, but also I know that there will be a sharp mystery for the intrepid Inspector to solve.

Taken In Nuala focuses on a mystery surrounding the daughter a wealthy American businessman and from the very start it is obvious that there is more to this investigation than at first appears. The Inspector and his associates have to get to grips with a particularly intricate crime and as always it's fascinating to see the Inspector working alongside all the regular characters we have come to love and appreciate from reading the other novels in the series.

For those who haven't read the series, and Taken in Nuala is now the eight book, each story can be read as a standalone mystery as the author includes, at the start of the book, a useful description of each of the major characters. That Inspector Shanti de Silva is the star of the series is without question, his attention to even the smallest detail of the crime ensures that there is no stone unturned in his quest for justice. His lovely wife, Jane, is the still small voice of calm in Shanti's world as she helps him make sense of the complicated crimes he invariably gets drawn into, but it is the homely interludes between them which work so well, along with the sumptuous descriptions of Shanti's favourite meals and his beautiful garden.

This series really has caught my imagination and I look forward to the next story in this cosy crime series. For a sleepy Ceylonese town there is much going on and I am sure that before too long, this talented author, will involve the intrepid Inspector in another complicated crime mystery.








Harriet Steel wrote four historical novels before turning to crime with the Inspector de Silva mysteries, inspired by time spent in Sri Lanka (the former Ceylon)). Her work has also appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Visit her blog to sign up to her monthly newsletter for news of new releases and great offers, Blog 

She’s married with two daughters and lives in Surrey. When she’s not writing, she likes reading, long walks and visiting art galleries and museums.


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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Summer Picnic with Jaffareadstoo ~ Juliet Greenwood ☼




☼ Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic ☼ 

Pull up a deck chair, tie knots in your hanky and roll up your trouser legs!

☼ Summer time is here ☼ 








 I'm delighted to welcome author, Juliet Greenwood to our picnic ☼






What favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic? 

I’m vegetarian, so I’m bringing a huge salad, with mixed salad leaves, watercress and rocket from the polytunnel in my garden, along with a few home-grown tomatoes and a large avocado (not from my garden – yet!). I’m accompanying it with homemade bread and sheep’s cheese from the local farmer’s market – a bit like feta but very smooth and delicious. My grapes aren’t ripe until well into the autumn, so I’ll bring a fruit Pavlova with plenty of raspberries and strawberries, and a few wild bilberries. 


Would you like chilled white wine, a flute of Prosecco, a tumbler of Pimms, or a tall glass of sparkling elderflower cordial? 

A flute of Prosecco, please. That sounds perfect for a relaxing summer picnic. I think we all need a touch of luxury, these days. 


Where shall we sit, by the pool, in the garden, in the countryside, at the seaside? 

I think on a meadow, overlooking the sea. Maybe with bees in the flowers, and the odd dolphin passing by? That sounds perfect. 


Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or is everything in a supermarket carrier bag? 

Oh, a wicker hamper and the works, I think. Let’s do this in style! 


Do you have favourite place to have a summer picnic? 

The hill behind my house. Even in the summer there are very few people up there. I’m in the heart of Snowdonia, so that’s very precious in a normal summer. There’s the remains of an Iron Age fort at the top and you can see the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. It’s where lots of us went up to see the last solar eclipse, with plenty of picnics to hand. That’s such a happy memory – although usually we are usually only surrounded by sheep and the occasional mountain pony. 


Which of your literary heroes are joining us on the picnic today? 

Now that’s a hard one. 

I think it would have to be someone I’d never otherwise have a chance of meeting – so it would be George Elliot and Elizabeth Gaskell, both women who defied their time and wrote about social issues and the real lives of women. I hope George Elliot would feel able to join us without plunging us into social disgrace – we might have to reassure her that living with a man to whom you are not married does not make you a pariah any more. And I’m sure Elizabeth Gaskell would soon be quizzing us on industrial relations and the wonders of the NHS and the welfare state – and itching to write a new version of North and South! 

Which summer read are you bringing with you today? 

Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. It always reminds me of summer by the sea, it’s a book I can get lost in for hours. 


What is your earliest summer memory? 

Being on the beach in Barmouth, in southern Snowdonia, watching the tide come in after a long summer’s day running in and out of the sea with my brother. And the delicious smell of chips mixed with sea air – delicious! 

Do you have a favourite summer hideaway? 

My dad’s cottage, miles from the nearest shop and no mobile reception and a river for a refreshing (and very chilly!) swim. There are only two other houses in the valley, so no light pollution, and no mobile reception. Just the deer coming down from the forest to graze the sheep fields at dawn. It’s a bit of a challenge in winter, especially as you get cut off at the first sign of snow, but idyllic as a summer retreat. 


Do you have a summer music playlist for reading / writing? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel summery? 

My favourite summer listening is Youssou N’Dour. My choice would have to be ‘My Hope is in You’ from the album ‘Joko’, which is wonderfully upbeat. I love his voice, and it brings back happy memories of playing the song full blast while finding my way round country lanes in Cornwall in the glorious summer sun! 

Do you find that your reading tastes differ between winter and summer? 

I tend to prefer long reads in the winter, the kind where you can vanish into another world for days on end. I also tend to revisit favourite reads, like Pride and Prejudice, A Woman of Substance, and Bleak House. 

Do you find it easier to write in the summer months or during the winter? 

I find it easier during the winter. In summer, I love to be out in my garden and walking my dog. I live in the heart of Snowdonia, so it’s stunning here when the sun is shining. I need to meet deadlines in the summer, of course, but I find it much easier to chivvy myself to stay indoors when it’s wet and windy and dark and all I want to do is to disappear into another world (preferably where it is still summer!). 


Would you like to tell us a little about your latest novel, or your current work in progress? 

My latest book is The Ferryman’s Daughter, which is published by Orion and is out on May 14th. The story is set near St Ives in Cornwall around the time of the First World War, and follows Hester, who is determined to escape dire poverty to become a professional cook, and one day open a cafe for the artists in St Ives. I love Hester, who is independent minded and never gives up, even when everything seems against her, and the world around her changes as WW1 breaks out. From rowing the family ferry to survive, to cooking with what she can lay her hands on (overcoming flour and sugar shortages!) to help wounded men recover their strength, she keeps on going. Plus she’s nobody’s fool, and can spot the creepy young man trying to sidle up to her to get her at his beck and call a mile off. She’s also fiercely protective of her younger siblings, while never giving up on her own dream. Go, Hester! 

Orion
14 May 2020


Juliet, where can we follow you on social media? 






Thank you for coming to our picnic. 

It’s been a pleasure! Nothing can beat a summer picnic by the sea in good company. It’s the best. Now, how about another glass of that delicious Prosecco? 



More about Juliet

Juliet Greenwood has always been a bookworm and a storyteller, writing her first novel (a sweeping historical epic) at the age of ten. She is fascinated both by her Celtic heritage and the history of the women in her family, with her great-grandmother having supported her family by nail making in Lye, in the Black Country, near Birmingham in the UK, and her grandmother by working as a cook in a large country house. 

Before being published by Orion, Juliet wrote three historical novels for Honno, the Welsh Women’s Press, reaching #4 and #5 in the UK kindle store. 

Juliet lives in a traditional quarryman’s cottage between the mountains and the sea in beautiful Snowdonia, in Wales in the UK, and is to be found dog walking in all weathers, always with a camera to hand…




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Summer Picnic with Jaffareadstoo ~ Lisa Sell ☼



☼ Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic ☼ 

Pull up a deck chair, tie knots in your hanky and roll up your trouser legs!

☼ Summer time is here ☼ 








 I'm delighted to welcome author, Lisa Sell to our picnic ☼






What favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic? 

All the cheese, chocolate and coffee. Everything good in foods starts with a c! 


Would you like chilled white wine, a flute of Prosecco, a tumbler of Pimms, or a tall glass of sparkling elderflower cordial? 

Can I have a cold lager instead please? Not very classy but that’s me. 


Where shall we sit, by the pool, in the garden, in the countryside, at the seaside? 

Not the seaside, much as I love it. I swear the sand was put in sandwiches because some poor person ate their picnic at the beach and paid the price of gritty sarnies. 

Countryside for me, please. I miss the Oxfordshire countryside where I grew up so that would be perfect. 


Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or is everything in a supermarket carrier bag ? 

Bung it all in a carrier bag. My husband says I would put a toothpick in a carrier bag if I could. 


Do you have favourite place to have a summer picnic? 

Somewhere quiet and in the shade because I burn at the mere sight of the sun. My complexion is more boiled lobster than English rose when I’m out in the sun too long. 


Which of your literary heroes are joining us on the picnic today? 

I’d like to picnic with the Bronte sisters; the alive versions that is. Bit awkward eating with corpses. I’m sure they’d keep me amused with being annoyed with publishers who were rude about their novels. 


Which summer read are you bringing with you today? 

Any book is a summer read if it’s read in the summer, so something fabulous I’m currently reading. 


What is your earliest summer memory? 

Living on a council estate and having a strong sense of community, particularly in the summer when we’d play together outside. I remember long summer days drifting into nights when I could play until dark, in the summer holidays. 


Do you have a favourite summer hideaway? 

I haven’t been on holiday for so long! I need one but that’s not going to happen for a while. I’m happy in a corner with a good book, whatever the season. 


Do you have a summer music playlist for reading / writing? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel summery? 

I don’t listen to music when I’m reading or writing as I find it distracting. I love music though and compile playlists all the time. I can’t pick one song as I love so many! 


Do you find that your reading tastes differ between winter and summer? 

Not really, although it can feel weird reading a snowy Christmas scene in the summer. 


Do you find it easier to write in the summer months or during the winter? 

Both have their challenges. In the summer I get raging hayfever which can make concentrating hard. I’m more of an autumn/winter person in that I like being cosy and warm inside. 


Would you like to tell us a little about your latest novel, or your current work in progress? 

I’m working on my third crime mystery novel. It’s slowly taking shape as it’s hard to focus at the moment with a pandemic going on. Little and often is my method for now. 


Lisa where can we follow you on social media? 


Twitter @LisaLisax31 


Instagram  lisasellwriter 



More about Lisa


Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories. 

To combat writer's bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements. 

When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping. 

Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade. 

Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport.




Bloodhound Books
March 2020

Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone deserves a second chance.

Sarah Jessop has a troubled past. Born to drug addict parents, she was fostered and then adopted as a child.

Now an adult, and a doctor, Sarah finds herself looking into the murder of her foster sister, Tamsin, a little girl who disappeared in 1992, and whose body has recently been discovered.

As Sarah gets closer to the truth, the killer will stop at nothing to protect themself and dispose of anyone who gets in their way.

Caught in the killer’s web of deceit, who can Sarah trust?



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