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LIFE PLAYLISTS: Today I’m pleased to welcome writer Jane Risdon choosing five great tracks which are special to her…

Hello everyone, and thanks Jo for asking me to contribute my 5 life tracks. To say this was difficult if not near impossible is an understatement. Both personally and professionally I’ve worked with music all my life and I’ve really had to dig deep to find just 5 tracks which are special to me. I could easily have offered up 500 plus. Compiling this has taken longer that writing a short story.
I won’t list the songs my husband has recorded (always favourites) or those written for me because they are personal in a private way, but one song he used to sing to me when we were first together is ‘Never My Love,’ recorded by the amazing Association in 1967 – the year before we met – and was written by the Addrisi brothers and produced by Bones Howe.
The lyrics kept us going when we were apart – which was often when he was touring – and happened all the time when we were managing artists. The lyrics bring tears to my eyes now – 51 years later. Considering we are both rock addicts this might surprise some, however we both are heavily into harmonies and The Association are known for their vocal harmonies.

Despite some of my choices my first love is rock and I couldn’t miss including one of the best hard rock songs ever, written and performed by one of the most iconic vocalists alive – Paul Rodgers – who sang with so many others later, including Bad Company (oh I could have added one of their songs), The Firm, The Law and of course Queen for a while.
‘All Right Now,’ by the fabulous Free (1970) and with the amazing – sadly late – Paul Kossoff on guitar. Written by 16 year old Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers, and produced by Free, it is one of the most successful records ever played on radio with millions of air-plays registered world-wide.
If I’d ever had a ‘traditional’ wedding – all the stuff and nonsense that goes with it – I guess this song would have been played at it. As it is I didn’t have a ‘traditional wedding’ and there wasn’t any music at all, which is odd considering I married a musician, but hey, since when did musicians do ‘traditional?’

The Beatles were so influential and so much a part of my youth that I can’t think of a time when their songs were not the soundtrack to something. However, George Harrison’sMy Sweet Lord,’ has a special meaning for me (and my husband) as we are both convinced our son was conceived when it was playing! I’d given him the triple album boxed set (vinyl) of ‘All Things Must Pass,’ for his 21st birthday and it was usually on a loop on the cassette tape recorder in the early hours of the morning, when he got in from gigs. We are not religious so I can’t say that it has deep religious meaning, but it is a beautiful song. It is part of a Hindu mantra and a Christian call to faith; Halleluiah. It was written by George Harrison and produced by him and the massively talented and now sadly notorious, Phil Spector, in 1970. It was the biggest selling single of 1971 in the UK.

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,’ Edison Lighthouse 1969 – written by master songwriters and record producers, Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason, reaching #1 in the UK and #10 in the USA and Japan etc., selling a million records. I wish I could elaborate on this more other than to say that the song was pre-recorded by Tony and Barry with session singer Tony Burrows, and the search was on for a band to ‘front’ it for Top of The Pops. My husband’s band was considered initially because the producers and song writers were involved with his band briefly, but Edison Lighthouse were pop and husband’s band were not. A band called Greenfield Hammer went on to flesh out Edison Lighthouse. Even though the song was a massive hit I am not sure the musicians made anything from it. I have no idea.
Memories of the late 1960s come flooding back whenever I hear it, mostly because any musicians in EL (each) would have had a fixed weekly wage of about £25 (in 1969) in return for ‘fronting’ the song, which for a starving band back then would have been very welcome at times. The lead singer Tony Burrows went on to front too many bands to list and was the only singer at the time to have performed with 5 hit bands on TOTP. Google his name and the penny will drop. The band was a ‘one hit wonder,’ sadly for them, but not for us!
Here is Tony chatting about how he came to sing on Love Grows.

Here is Tony with Edison Lighthouse on Top of the Pops

I couldn’t compile this without reference to the amazing, iconic, rock singer, Graham Bonnet, whose hit single (1968) with the Marbles, ‘Only One Woman,’ is also the title of my co-authored novel with Christina Jones, for which he kindly wrote the foreword. ‘Only One Woman’ was written for him and his cousin, the late Trevor Gordon, by The Bee Gees.
However, I am not going to include it, even though it has a special meaning for me, but I am sure those who are interested will find links on our OOW Facebook Page.
Instead I am including ‘Since You Been Gone,’ sung by Graham when he was with the equally iconic rock band, Rainbow. The song was written by Russ Ballard, at the time lead guitarist with another legendary rock band, Argent,’ in 1976, and which was produced by Roger Glover, bass player with Rainbow and Deep Purple. Rainbow released it in 1979 on their album ‘Down To Earth.’
Rod Argent was a friend of my husband’s band back in the late 1960s and came to several gigs where I met him too. This song reminds me of so many events in the late 1970s – which won’t go into – but one memory is of our son at age 7 singing his head off to this in the back of the car as we travelled around, and 40 years later he is still a rock fan and enjoys the music of the many of the same bands as we do.

It has been so hard pruning this list to just 5 songs. So many have been memorable as I’ve said, especially those songs we have been involved with over the years, or songs which were hits for superstar performers when we were working with their songwriters or producers at around the same time as their records were hits. So many memories. So little space! Jo, thanks again for asking me to do this. I have driven myself nuts with all these songs going through my head ever since.



Only One Woman – Accent Press Ltd – Christina Jones Jane Risdon

Set in the UK music scene of the late 1960s and filled with musical and fashion references, as well the world events and the social changes shaping the lives of our three main characters, Only One Woman is not only a love triangle, but a nostalgic trip back to the grooviest decade ever, in the coolest country on the planet. Experience the lives of Renza and Stella through their diaries:
Hello – we are Renza Rossi and Stella Deacon, and like most girls in the 1960s we kept diaries. Proper written diaries – with daily entries from 1968 through to the end of the decade, chronicling our life, the fashions, the music, the excitement – and our love affairs…. Which, is just as well – because although we didn’t know it, and we certainly didn’t know each other, miles apart geographically and with totally different lifestyles, we were both in love with the same boy…
How this came about, the ups and downs, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, and how it was resolved – all played out to a 1960s background of love and peace and rock’n’roll – is covered in the amalgamation of our diaries – which we’ve put together and called ONLY ONE WOMAN.


1-21731049_144686479471516_8105924548833294401_nJane Risdon writes mostly crime thrillers often set in the music business with an organised crime or espionage element. Her former career in the international music business managing songwriters, singers, musicians, and record producers, enables her to draw upon her experiences in Hollywood, SE Asia, and elsewhere for many of her plots.
She is also the author of short stories many of which have been included in 15 anthologies to date and she also contributes articles for online magazines and newsletters. She enjoys writing flash fiction.
In January 2019 Jane published her first collection of short stories – Undercover: Crime Shorts – via Plaisted Publishing House.
Jane is married to a musician and with author Christina Jones has co-authored Only One Woman, set in the UK Music Scene of the late 1960s. Jane has drawn upon her experience married to a musician and her subsequent career in the music business for background research.
Jane’s Links:
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Waterstones Paperback: ISBN: 9781783757329


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Life Playlists…the in between weeks: The Sixties


As I’ve planned for Life Playlists to air every fortnight – with a few exceptions – I thought I’d use those in between weeks to showcase different music decades, starting with the Sixties.  Today I’m choosing five tracks which are particular favourites.  I have to own up to never being a fan of either Elvis Presley or Cliff Richard although when Alan Tarney wrote for him in the late 1970s I did buy a couple of albums (I’m Nearly Famous and I’m No Hero) which I still have.  As the sixties progressed and the Beatles arrived the music scene exploded with new bands.  So much choice, too much in fact.  Because of this it’s been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but here they are…



My first choice is This Wheel’s On Fire which most people will recognise as the signature tune for Absolutely Fabulous. Co-written by Bob Dylan it was a hit in 1968, getting to No 5 in the UK singles charts and featured Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity. In the early 1990s she collaborated with Adrian Edmonson, Jennifer Saunder’s husband and Ab Fab made the song its own.




The Turtles Happy Together featured right at the end of the last episode of Cold Feet this week.  Funny how you forget songs and then they pop up on TV and you’re back there with all those great memories once more.



Choice number three is Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.  Originally a  hit in 1967 when it got to number five in the charts.  It was re-released in 1989 with Marc Almond dueting with Gene.  Despite being a huge star in the 1960s, this was Gene’s first number one.



Well my sixties choices wouldn’t be complete without something from Motown. No dance or disco was complete unless Motown tracks were played. It was great dance music. And what a choice. So many stars – The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers to name but a few. However in the end I decided on The Four Tops with Walk Away Renee. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had the most amazingly effortless voice…still gives me goose bumps.




And finally. I always find the last is the most difficult to choose. However, in the end I decided it had to be a Beatles track and it had to be something upbeat.  Got to Get You into my Life seemed a great choice. Written, rumour has it, with Yoko Ono in mind it was also covered by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers in 1966, where it reached number 6 in the UK charts.


So that’s it from me for the time being.  Next Tuesday the 26th February writer Jane Risdon will be choosing her favourite five tracks.  With her background in the music business she’s bound to have some interesting choices.  So don’t miss it.

If anyone would like to come along, promote their work, choose five music tracks and give the reasons behind those choices then simply e-mail me at and I’ll give you all the details.

Best wishes



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It’s 19th February and publication day for Spring at Taigh Fallon by Kirsty Ferry



Spring at Taigh Fallon (Choc Lit) (Tempest Sisters Book 2)  

When Angel Tempest finds out that her best friend Zac has inherited a Scottish mansion, Taigh Fallon, from his great aunt, she immediately offers to go and visit it with him. It will mean closing up her jet jewellery shop in Whitby for a few days but the prospect of a spring trip to the Scottish Highlands is too tempting.

Then Kyle, Zac’s estranged and slightly grumpy Canadian cousin, unexpectedly turns up at Taigh Fallon, and events take a strange turn as the long-kept secrets of the old house begin to reveal themselves …


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Time slip isn’t my usual read but I have to say I always enjoy Kirsty Ferry’s books.  Spring at Taigh Fallon which is the second of the Tempest sister’s novels sees Angel Tempest following her friend Zac Fallon to Scotland to see the house in the Cairngorms his great aunt has left him. This imposing old mansion set on the side of a lake in the Scottish Highlands provides a beautiful and atmospheric setting to the story.

The will has provided for the house to be divided between Zac and his cousin Kyle, who currently lives in Canada.  Zac’s memories of his older cousin Kyle are less than favourable. When he arrives in the middle of the night, grumpy and complaining it certainly seems time hasn’t changed him.

Immediately sparks begin to fly between brooding hero Kyle and feisty heroine Angel, but is this really all about dislike? Or is there something else simmering between the two of them?  Then there’s the tower room which Angel discovers. Sensitive to spirits, she soon finds herself witnessing scenes of a Victorian tragedy which is connected to the house.

A great read. Highly recommended.

Please note although Spring at Taigh Fallon is part of a series, it can be read as an independent story.

I would like to thank Choc Lit for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

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.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at

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Life Soundtracks…

Just before Christmas I decided to call it a day with my regular Tuesday Talk blog feature.  It had run for several years with some wonderful guests dropping in to chat, but I felt it was time to do something different.

As I know a lot of fellow writers who love music, I wondered whether this could be the basis for a new promotion feature.  Invited guests would be given the opportunity to promote their latest book or showcase their blog and at the same time choose five music  tracks.  All of their choices had to have some connection to them. It could be a special birthday, first date, wedding day, the birth of a child or even just a moment in their life that particular song reminded them of.  It could even had a connection to their writing – something on a play list, or like me, a song used as a book title. Along with those five tracks they would need to give me the reason behind their choice.  I would be wide open to any particular type of music – Rock, country, folk, classical, the choice would be entirely with them.

Having rustled up enough interest to kick start this feature, today I’m launching it with me as the first ‘guest’.  If anyone with any connection to writing would like to come along to promote their work and share their music I would love to host you. Simply e-mail me at and head your e-mail Life Soundtracks.   Now let’s get down to the music…




As someone who has always loved music and used song titles for many of my books it’s been a really difficult choice.  So many decades, so many brilliant and memorable songs which mean something to me but in the end I managed to whittle it down to these five:

Days – the Kinks

I’d always been close to my maternal grandfather.  On the day of his funeral, in the car, on the way to the church, this came on the radio.  The lyrics said everything.  I still miss him…


Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward was my very first rock star crush. I have been a fan of The Moodies for years and Nights in White Satin still remains one of my all time favourite love songs.


When Tomorrow Comes – The Eurythmics

When Tomorrow Comes was the title of my first published novel back in 2008.  Using song titles for my work seemed to work and everything I’ve written since (with the exception of my second book Love Lies and Promises) can be connected to a music track. It works for me…


Home  – Jack Savoretti

I’ve chosen Jack  simply because I love his music.  His voice is amazing. The older I get the less enthusiastic I’ve become about new music.  But as soon as I heard ‘Home‘ I knew I’d discovered an artist I wanted to hear more of.


I Saw Her Standing There – The Stereophonics

And the fifth and last song.   I really had a tough time making up my mind about this – so many tracks so much choice.  In the end I chose a bit of a mix. It’s rock (which I love), it’s a Beatles song (and they’ve had a huge impact on music over the years) and it’s performed by another of my favourite bands the Stereophonics.  So three for the price of one!  This was taken from a BBC 4 documentary where a collection of artists were brought together at Abbey Road studios to record their versions of tracks from the Beatles’ Please Please Me album.




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Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.

Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman.  Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte.  Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has a score to settle with Christian. Determined to get even with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.

Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. She is invited to stay with the D’Alesandros while her grandfather undergoes heart surgery. Aware the vineyard would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if her plan is to have any chance of success she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

From rural West Somerset to the glorious rolling landscape of Tuscany and the Italian Lakes, Wicked Game is a story of love, betrayal and deception.


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Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.  She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain followed in 2017,

In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her eighth novel, The Boys of Summer, set in North Cornwall will be published in 2019. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.

When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog.  Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.