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TUESDAY TALK welcomes writer Angela Britnell chatting about what makes a good hero, romantic destinations and desert island must haves…

Hi Angela and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Thank you for inviting me to stop by for a chat! I grew up in a small village in Cornwall, in the far south west of England, and joined the Royal Navy when I left school because I wanted to expand my horizons. I couldn’t have imagined where that choice would lead until I was assigned to a small NATO HQ on the Danish Jutland peninsula where I met Richard, then an American US Naval aviator – my very own tall, dark handsome stranger. At 6’ 6” they don’t come much taller. We were engaged within 3 months and married the following spring. We traveled around with his job from Denmark to Sicily, California, Maryland and London (having three amazing sons along the way) before he retired for the 1st time and accepted a job in Tennessee. He’s always been hugely supportive of my writing and is now retired for the 2nd time allowing us to spend more time travelling again and being besotted grandparents to Franklin, Jemma and Sophie.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and how did you begin?

I didn’t really decide as such it sort of happened! I’ve always been an avid reader and would read the back of the Cornflakes packet at breakfast because my mother wouldn’t let me bring a book to the table. It never occurred to me that ordinary people wrote the books I loved but a few years after we moved to Tennessee I saw a creative writing class offered locally and the idea of 6 evenings away from my noisy little boys sounded appealing. I loved it from the first night and at the end of the classes knew I had to keep writing although at that point the idea of getting published never entered my head. My writing tutor encouraged me to expand a short story I’d written and that went on to became my first full length novel. Thankfully that one is lost in the mist of time now but the next novel I completed was Truth and Consequence – I can still remember the overwhelming joy and shock when a small Nashville publisher offered me a contract.

What makes a good hero?

My heroes always have a good sense of humour, although because of circumstances it might not be obvious at first, because I can’t imagine spending a day, let alone a lifetime, with someone who can’t make me smile on a regular basis. Good looks aren’t important (says she with more than a touch of guilt for drooling over Aidan Turner) but integrity, honesty and trust are crucial because in my mind no self-respecting person can truly love without them.

What is the most romantic place you have visited?

That’s a difficult question – I narrowed it down to three – Cornwall, Florence and Vienna but I’ll settle on Vienna because we went there on our honeymoon and it’s such a romantic city.

What would your advice be to new writers?

Don’t sit around and wait for some mythical muse to strike but try to write consistently because no one can edit an empty page. Read a wide range of writing books, go to workshops and meet with other writers – take notice of the advice they give and experiment in order to discover what works best for you.

And finally, you are planning a year away from it all on a desert island. What four ‘must haves’ would you take with you and why?

I assume you can’t take your family with you? If I’m there alone I’d definitely need the ability to make a cup of tea, plenty of books, a supply of Cornish pasties and wine!



What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas?


When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.

But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?

Out on 3rd December, 2018, currently available for pre-order


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Angela RONA Award Pub PhotoAngela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

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Tuesday Talk welcomes Tommy Samson author of football themed romantic fiction…

20181118_132001Hi Tommy and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

I’m a married dad of two boys, been with my wife for 26 years, married for 22 of those. My day job is in events safety. I’m an avid football fan and have a love of taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and what were the first steps you took towards this?

I never actually wanted to be a writer, it kind of just happened. I was bullied at school and things were happening at home too, so I’d escape into my imagination. And having a good imagination led to writing good essays at school. From there came short stories and it pretty much went from there. Then about eight or nine years ago, I was inspired and encouraged by an old friend who was also a writer to publish a short story I’d written. That short story is Grande Plage, my first eBook.

Currently you write football themed romantic fiction. Have you ever been tempted to write a crime or mystery novel with a football theme?

I’ve not but there is always a first. I’ve mainly stuck to writing what interests me through being an old fashioned romantic.


One of your hobbies is photography. Is there anything particular you like to photograph and if so, why?

As I mentioned before, I love taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets. I love the colours created by one of nature’s wonders. And, as I take all my photos with my mobile phone, I’m usually in the right place at the right time.

If money were no object where in the world would you like to visit and why?

Anyone who knows me could answer this – San Francisco. I’ve been before but only it was only for a day. I managed to pack a lot into that day but I’d love to go back and spend more time exploring a wonderful city that I fell in love with.


You’re a great Liverpool fan. Does anything take the place of football during the summer months?

Well, that depends on whether there is a World Cup or European Championships on…

And finally, you’ve been invited to take part in I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here. Name four celebs you would like to be taking part with you and why.

Well, my hero Kenny Dalglish would be one. I’d just like to be in his company, hearing tales of all his football glory. Billy Connolly would be another; the man has been making me laugh since his days of big banana boots. Kelly Brook for obvious reason, and because she was the visual muse for Mia in Playing Offside. And finally Gordon Ramsey. The camp needs a chef… and someone I think would give his all in any tria

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It’s Tuesday 20th November – publication day for Victoria Cornwall’s A Daughter’s Christmas Wish…


A Cornish Christmas wish sent across the ocean …

Christmas, Cornwall 1919

A promise to a fellow soldier leads Nicholas to Cornwall for Christmas, and to the teashop managed by Rose; the youngest daughter of a family whose festive spirit has been blighted by their wartime experiences. But as Nicholas strives to give Rose the best Christmas she could wish for, he begins to question whether his efforts are to honour his friend, or whether there is another reason …




Having received an ARC copy of this novel, I read it during the run up to the Armistice Day.  Rose has a hard, unhappy life. She has lost her brother and her future husband to the battlefields of France. Not only has she got to cope with her own loss, but she supports parents who since the death of  her brother Arthur are shadows of their former selves – people who have given up on life. Her days are spent baking and serving tea and cake in the small tea shop owned by her brother Arthur, a man who had plans for his business when war had ended. Once her working day is over she returns home to a sad house; place where her parents are too wrapped in their own grief to notice her, other than to complain if things aren’t right.

Into her life walks a handsome soldier – Nicholas, who begins visiting the tea shop daily. He soon becomes the one bright spot in her life. But little does she realise he is there for a purpose.

I love Victoria’s novels and this one, coming at the time it did was a poignant reminder of the suffering people went through at that time. I really felt for Rose’s plight. There was no joy in her life, nothing to look forward to, only sadness and loss to accompany her days.

Nicholas was beautifully written. A good, kind gentle man honouring a dead friend’s last request.One by one he took each line of the poem she had written to boyfriend Sam – requests for her perfect Christmas – and made them real.  I loved the way each of the things he did for her gradually changed Rose, making her believe she could enjoy life again.  Nicholas finds himself falling in love with her, but how can he possibly compete when the ghost of Sam still lingers in Rose’s heart?

All in all a lovely romantic Christmas story with some unexpected twists – one of which I didn’t see coming.

Highly recommended.


61O6t8BvhEL._UX250_Victoria Cornwall grew up on a farm in Cornwall and can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century. It is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write. She initially self-published two novels, Old Sins Long Shadows and The Gossamer Trail under the name B.D.Hawkey. In 2016, award winning publisher, Choc Lit, acquired both books as part of a four book deal. Old Sins Long Shadows is now published under the new title, The Captain’s Daughter, and The Gossamer Trail is now titled, The Daughter of River Valley. Victoria is married and has two grown up children. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
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Today Tuesday Talk welcomes author Angela Barton chatting about the inspiration behind Arlette’s Story and choosing some interesting dinner guests choices…

ANGELA BARTON PICHi Angela and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

I’m a proud mother to three wonderful children who have all flown the nest. I’m married to my best friend, Paul, and I’m a happy slave to two spaniels. My favourite things to do are writing (of course), reading, making jewellery and creating artwork out of natural objects, such as pebbles, dried flowers etc. Two years ago Paul and I planted a lavender field in France and this year we moved there, to live. A new adventure!

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and what were the first steps you took towards this?

Looking back I realise I was so naïve about the writing process when I began to write seriously ten years ago. It was only through failure and rejection over the following years that I began to learn the technique of writing. I read how to books, joined two writing clubs, started a blog and read other authors’ blogs, attended workshops and master classes on novel writing, visited The London Book Fair every year, made contact with authors, publishers and agents on Twitter and Facebook, listened to author talks, read a lot of novels, oh the list is endless! After ten years, I’m still learning. Only last month I learned the correct form of dashes to use – em dashes or en dashes! Who’d have thought?

What would your advice be to newbie writers?

I’d give three main pieces of advice to new writers. Write what you want to write, not what’s vogue at the moment. By the time you’ve written your novel the popular theme of the moment will have moved on. Never stop reading and get a professional critique before submitting your work.

Beach or City Girl – where are you happiest when on holiday?

I’m definitely a beach girl. I love the sun and being on holiday gives me the opportunity to read all day and every day without feeling guilty about unfinished jobs.

What inspired you to write your debut novel Arlette’s Story?

ARLETTE'S STORY PICAbout five years ago I visited the martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France. I was incredibly moved by what I saw there that I decided there and then to tell the story from a survivor’s point of view. It wasn’t so much of a thought – more of a compulsion to write an historical novel telling the story of when the Germans visited this small town on 10th June 1944. Charles de Gaulle once declared that the ruins must be left untouched, so now French officials are panicking that Oradour won’t survive for another seventy-four years of hot summers and freezing winters. I thought that, in some small way, I could help to keep the memory alive.


Part of your novel is centred on events which actually took place. How did you carry out research for this?

Research is a vital part of making a book appear believable to our readers. I’ve now visited Oradour-sur-Glane five times, taken photographs and listening to recorded conversations from the handful of villagers who survived. I’ve read factual books on the massacre and visited the cemetery where the townspeople are buried. There is now a museum in Oradour with footage from before the war and the discovery of what had happened. The Internet is a wonderful place to look for information and I also watched many WW2 films with notebook in hand to jot down interesting facts. War museums are also invaluable for discovering new information to add depth to a war story and I’ve read articles in The Guardian and Times newspapers that have run with stories about Oradour.

And finally, you are organising a dinner party and can invite four famous guests (past or present). Who would you choose and why?

Ernest Hemingway. Not only was he an accomplished journalist, novelist and short-story writer, he was also present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris, so I’d have lots of questions about writing and history to ask him about.

Dame Margot Fonteyn. For me she was the inspiration to start ballet lessons as a child after my mother took me to see Swan Lake. Sadly I never continued with dancing but I’d love to meet her at my fantasy dinner party.

Louis Pasteur. He was a French chemist and microbiologist who developed antidotes and cures to many dangerous illnesses such as anthrax and rabies. He also successfully invented a way to pasteurise milk and make it safe from tuberculosis. He also proved that germs grew from contamination and disproved the theory of spontaneous contamination. Basically, he has saved millions of lives and I’d like to let him know how grateful mankind is to him.

Cillian Murphy. Well – because he’s gorgeous! I fell in love with him after watching Peaky Blinders.

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It’s Tuesday 13th November – publication day for Christmas at Borteen Bay by Morton S Gray


Christmas at Borteen Bay

Christmas has a way of bringing family secrets to the surface …

Christmas is a bittersweet time for Pippa Freeman. There are good memories, of course – but some painful ones too.

Then her mother is implicated in a mysterious occurrence in their home town of Borteen, and Pippa wonders if she’ll ever experience a happy Christmas again – especially when a family secret is revealed.

But when police officer and old school friend Ethan Gibson offers his support, Pippa begins to realise that even though her life has been turned upside down, a happy and hopeful Christmas isn’t impossible …


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This latest offering from Morton S Gray is another of her romantic mystery stories. Set in Borteen Bay, a place we have become familiar with since The Girl on the Beach was published, we  meet new characters Ethan Gibson and Pippa Freeman.  Pippa has given up her career in order to return home and help her widowed mother run the Rose Court Guesthouse. An incident on the beach brings her back into contact with Ethan, now the local policeman. Romance blossoms, but before Pippa gets her happy ever after, first she has deal with the discovery of a shocking family secret.  Ethan easily takes on the mantle of Choc Lit Hero. He’s strong, kind and everything Pippa needs to help her get through the current upheaval in her life. A thoroughly enjoyable read – one you’ll be reluctant to put down until you’ve reached the last page.


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Version 2Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Her debut novel The Girl on the Beach was published after she won Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback and e-book.

Morton’s second book for Choc Lit The Truth Lies Buried is another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past. This book is available as an e-book and will be issued as a paperback in 2019.

Christmas at Borteen Bay published on 13 November 2018 is Morton’s first Christmas novella. It is set in her fictional seaside town of Borteen and follows the story of Pippa Freeman who runs the Rose Court Guesthouse with her mother and local policeman Ethan Gibson as they unravel a family secret as Christmas approaches.

Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.

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Kirsty Ferry A Christmas Secret

A heartwarming fun read from Kirsty Ferry, perfect for cat lovers and fans of Kathryn Freeman, Lindsey Kelk and Jill Mansell.

What if a secret from Christmas past was stopping you from moving on to Christmas future?

When Hugo McCreadie steps into Isla Brodie’s pet portrait studio to get a ‘Festive Furball Photo Shoot’ for his sister’s cat Schubert, he does question his sanity. But he knows the photographs will be the perfect Christmas present for his eccentric sister, Nessa – and he finds himself quite taken with ditzy, animal-loving Isla Brodie, too.

Will a Christmas secret from long ago prevent Hugo and Isla’s new friendship from going any further? Or will a certain big, black cat taking matters into his own paws lead them not only on a mad winter dash through snowy Edinburgh –but into each other’s arms for Christmas as well?


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Kirsty Ferry HRKirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.

Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.

Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.

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A wonderful festive read. Animals in novels don’t always work, but there was something otherworldly about Schubert and the wayward feline added a touch of comedy to the story.  This is a light, sweet romance with definite Christmas sparkle.

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Tuesday Talk welcomes author June Tate talking about travel, getaway must haves and her next writing project, which will be her twenty first saga – how amazing is that!

Hi June and welcome to Tuesday Talk. Can I begin as always by asking you a little about yourself?

I was born in Southampton of a seafaring family and from the age of five, wanted to be a hairdresser. I did love writing and as a teenager I had seventeen pen friends. I thought when I retired I would write a novel. I spent seven years as a hairdresser for Cunard, sailing on the Queen Mary for almost four years, looking after Hollywood movie stars and rich women, then moved to the Mauritania which cruised around the West Indies and the Caribbean.
I met an airline pilot when I was on leave and he eventually flew to New York when I was cruising and proposed! Very romantic!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I married and had two daughters. It was Maxine who saw an advert in the library for a class for Creative Writing and said , “Mother, you’ve always said one day you wanted to write a novel, why not go to the class. So I did. She’s responsible for setting me off on this wondrous journey.

How have you maintained such a prolific writing career – where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from many places. Something I read, a memory, a conversation, sometimes even a piece of music will start the mind working.

If money was no object, where in the world would you like to go?

Back to New York! It’s my favourite city in all the world and I’ve seen quite a bit of the world in my time.

Kindle or book, which is your personal preference?

I prefer to hold a book to read, but Kindle does have its place.

Can you tell us what are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a book about a girl who witnesses a murder, but dare not tell anyone. This will be my twenty first saga.

And finally you’re planning to get away for a whole year. Your destination is one of the well known holiday islands in the West Indies. What four ‘must haves’ would you take with you and why?

If I was going away for a year, I’d have to take my mobile! It has my life on it! Secondly, plenty of money. It would be a necessity for such a long time. My lap top as I’d probably want to write and Idris Elba for company!!


June-webJune Tate was born in Southampton to a seafaring family. She trained as a hairdresser and spent several years working on cruise ships, including the Queen Mary and the Mauritania meeting Hollywood actors and VIP’s on her travels. After her marriage to an airline pilot, she lived in Sussex, Hampshire and Portugal. June has two adult daughters and has since returned to Sussex.






Southampton, 1912. Jessie is just nineteen when her father passes away and her mother decides to return to her native Ireland. But Jessie, headstrong and independent, prefers to take charge of her own destiny and finds employment at a workman’s cafe, becoming the darling of the dockworkers who are fiercely protective of her.

When one of her customers charms his way into her heart, Jessie becomes Mrs Conor McGonigall and soon assumes ownership of the cafe. All the pieces of her life are coming together. But when a pushy local businessman and a former employee with a grudge have other ideas, everything she has worked for is slowly chipped away. Can she find the strength to rebuild the life she wants in the face of immeasurable personal loss?

‘Her debut book caused a stir among Cookson and Cox devotees, and they’ll love this. Compulsive reading’ Woman’s Weekly

‘A heart-rending tale’ Gilda O’Neill

‘A page-turner for all saga lovers’ Katie Fforde

‘A heart-warming tale with a vividly drawn central character’ Peterborough Evening Telegraph

‘Excellent and gripping . . . compelling. I am eagerly awaiting June Tate’s next offering’ Sussex Life


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