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Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Lizzie Lamb onto my blog.  Her latest book Harper’s Highland Fling was published on 9th November and is her seventh Scottish themed novel, all of which feature feisty heroines and handsome, kilted heroes.



After a gruelling academic year head teacher Harper MacDonald is looking forward to a summer holiday trekking in Nepal. Her plans are scuppered when her wayward niece, Ariel, leaves a note announcing she’s running away with a boy called Pen. The only clue to their whereabouts is a scribbled footnote: I’ll Be in Scotland.

Cue a case of mistaken identity when Harper confronts the boy‘s father – Rocco Penhaligon – accusing him of cradle snatching her niece and ruining her bright future. At loggerheads, Harper and Rocco set off in hot pursuit of the teenagers, but the canny youngsters are always one step ahead.  And, in a neat twist, it is the adults who end up in trouble, not the savvy teenagers.

Can Cupid convince Harper and Rocco that they have found their soul mates?

Fasten your seatbelt for the road trip of your lifetime –

It’s going to be a bumpy ride.




After looking through various stock photo websites for the cover of Harper’s Highland Fling, I stumbled across Stuart McIntyre’s fabulous portfolio of wedding photos, most of which feature Scottish locations.  I found an image I liked and asked Stuart if I could use it for the front cover of my book. Not only did he agree, he went the extra mile and contacted the young couple featured in the photograph, asking them if they minded being featured on a book cover. Luckily they said ‘YES’. All they asked in return was a signed paperback, which I was happy to send to them soon after publication day.  We have since become friends on Instagram, but the story doesn’t end there. Stuart’s offices are in Hamilton (near Glasgow), close to where my mother and father had their first home and two miles from where I was born (Craigneuk). Since this book is dedicated to my mother I feel like I’ve come full circle. My mother died before I published my first novel so this feels right, somehow. Everyone has said how much they love the cover; so romantic, so atmospheric. It was created by Gail Bradley and we plan to redesign all my covers in 2021. I hope that Stuart will be able to provide me with another stunning photograph for #7 – working title: Dark Highland Skies using one of the photographs from his other website).



After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie romance Take Me, I’m Yours, set in Wisconsin, also achieved BEST SELLER status >travel>USA. Her latest novel – Harper’s Highland Fling – has been declared her ‘best one yet’ by readers and reviewers. In it, two warring guardians are forced to join forces and set off in hot pursuit of a runaway niece and son. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and spends most of the summer touring the Scottish Highlands researching men in kilts. As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish your debut novel

Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Cornwall, Cornwall, Costal Romance, Writing, Writing Journey


How did we get to 30th November so fast? It’s a really strange phenomenon that during 2020 it’s been a quieter year for me and yet I seem to have more to do.  The arrival of this month saw the annual clock change in late October. For a while we had lighter mornings, but for a good part of last week waking up to fog and unable to see across the valley, has made it feel as if we’re getting up in the middle of the night.  I remember when I was working, that the last week in January was the time when I walked home from the bus stop in dusk rather than dark.  So I measure the beginning of a move back to lighter evenings by that time.

I guess the one big event during November was the arrival of my new computer.  My old one had given me just over ten years of good use, albeit with several changes of keyboard and monitors.  A bit like Trigger’s broom on Only Fools and Horses with 17 new heads and 14 new handles!  I looked at all in ones and was tempted, but eventually opted for another, smaller tower, new 24″ monitor and a good quality keyboard. As a touch typist I’ve got through a load of these in ten years. Usually the I went first, then the E, S and L.  It seems to me that keyboards aren’t meant to last. During my working life the letters on the office computer kreyboards I used were more robust and didn’t wear off after a few months use as they do today. Yes, I know, maybe I should have splashed out a bit more money, but even the more expensive keyboard I’m now using doesn’t feel as if it will be any more durable. I guess only time will tell.  Oh, and almost forgot, I also have a camera, where previously I had to use my husband’s laptop in order to use Skype to catch up with friends and relatives.  All in all, three weeks into the use of this new computer set up, and I’m really pleased with my purchase. 

On the 3rd of November we had our last Tuesday lunch out before Lockdown No 2.  We had been eating out since early July when we came out of the first lockdown, keeping out of the city and visiting pubs in the surrounding villages instead.  All the pubs we’ve been to have observed strict hygiene rules and we never once felt compromised.  Some of the those we used to visit still have yet to reopen, opting for a takeaway service instead. Coming out of lockdown No 2 this week, we will be in a Tier 2 area instead of 1, as we were previously.  This has seen us having to cancel a planned lunch out with friends. Christmas certainly is going to be different this year!

I hope having to  make these sacrifices will get us all safely to the time when the vaccine becomes available and life gets back to some form of normality.  It’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t know of anyone who has had Covid and to query whether it’s actually as bad as everyone says. Or whether, as some believe, it’s only people in towns and cities who get it. Hand on heart I’d only heard of cases through friends of friends. And then two weeks ago my best friend called me to say her son had a temperature and was self-isolating. His Covid test came back positive but thankfully he has come through the whole episode safely.  It certainly goes to bring home the fact that it is out there and you can become infected when you least expect it.

And finally where am I with my writing? Well everything is going well at the moment. Happy to say writing mojo has made a reappearance. At the moment I’m trying to balance working on book 10 with reading and reviewing, which I’ve been doing throughout the year. I have to say there have been some amazing new titles during 2020 and I’ve currently earned my ‘100’ badge from Netgalley.  However, despite having a huge appetite for other authors’ work, I haven’t lost sight of the fact that my own writing is as important.  I’m hoping for a late spring publication with this, the second part of the Cornish Estuary trilogy. Currently working hard and pushing forward with it. Wish me luck.

And so, that’s about it for the month. See you all at the end of December when I’ll be looking back at the year and my memories of 2020.

Best wishes

Jo xx




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September/October Update

The change from late summer to full blown autumn seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. One moment there we are, sitting having lunch in the garden, the next we’re wrapped up and pondering whether to turn on the central heating, -which as I write has already happened.

This year has been a strange one. Covid, of course, has changed everything.  Since emerging from lockdown we have managed three escapes. The first during July to celebrate a friend’s birthday and then just the two of us on a three night stay at Alderminster, just outside Stratford on Avon. Both enabled us to relax somewhere other than home and (very luckily) to enjoy some good weather. Last week we took a break in Cornwall. I’d really wanted to return to South Devon but back in September when I looked at availability it seemed any self catering accommodation for two or four people was fully booked. So I tried Cornwall instead and managed to bag a really lovely apartment in Fowey at The Old Stationmaster’s House. There we had a relaxing week, did a lot of walking and ate some fabulous food.  It was good to get away from home and forget about domestic and day to day stuff for a while.  But all good things come to an end and here we are, back again.  My OH has been busy clearing the garden while I’ve had my eye on the loft and five boxes and three suitcases long overdue for sorting out.  Happily two of the suitcases were empty and the third, containing a set of ancient curtains, will go to the local recycling centre once we’ve collected enough items to book a time slot.  With the coming of autumn and changing into something warmer it’s also been an opportunity to sort out clothes for the local charity shop.  

Last week, our first since returning from Cornwall, turned out to be a little manic. There was just so much activity in those seven days that we even postponed our daily walk.  Of course the weather had a part to play in the latter.  After my surgery earlier in the year I was keen to get back to full health and walking played an important part in my recovery.  Yesterday, the 26th, we had an afternoon walk and it was amazing how everything had changed since the last time we’d been out (8th October).  With the clocks going back at the weekend, we were walking at what would have been five o’clock.  It was colder, what was left of the sun was well on its way towards the horizon and there were carpets of leaves along the pavement.  That is one thing that is noticeable here. Usually the council have contractors out clearing the pavements but not this year.  No doubt the Covid situation has something to do with it.  It means we really can kick our way through the leaves as we walk.

On the writing front, while I was in Cornwall I had time to think about the current state of play with my WIP.  My writing mojo had decided to take itself off on holiday and for a few weeks progress had been very slow.  Added to this were the other social media platforms that all needed regular attention. Something had to give and so on my return I decided to take a step back from Facebook.   I simply did not have the time to keep up with all the posts.  It’s not a total goodbye.  I will return at some stage, it’s just that for now dipping in and out of Twitter and Instagram works better for me.  Happily I’m gradually getting back into the swing of writing more.  Sitting in front of a blank screen, wanting to write a post and having absolutely no inspiration for any topic at all was scary. Even more scary (and frustrating) was having to admit that my WIP simply wasn’t working.  After publishing Shadows on the Water I realised I needed to make some radical changes. So it’s been consigned to the bin and I’m taking the characters and location and incorporating them into a completely new and different story.  The plotting has been done and I’m pleased with the new version. Now all I need to do is sit and write.

Well that’s about it for September and October.  I’ll be back at the end of November, hopefully with the news that the new WIP is going well. Crossing fingers!

And finally, I’ll leave you with a few reminders of our summer.







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IT’S HERE…CHILDREN IN READ…an opportunity to bid for a book and support BBC’s Children in Need…

Today, Sunday 13th September, sees the start of the annual Children in Read Auction. It is held in conjunction with BBC’s Children in Need which began in 1980, and has raised over a £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.



All proceeds from the auction will be forwarded to BBC’s Children in Need

Last year I missed out on the opportunity to submit books for this auction.  This year, I’ve offered two contemporary romance novels which can be found on Lot #222

There’s also an option of a written dedication for the successful bidder.

Here’s my contribution –






Full details of these and all the many other great books on offer at this very worthwhile charity auction can be found by clicking on the link below.


The auction is open until 13th November, 2020 The Children in Need Appeal Show night which will be aired on BBC Television


So check out the books, find a favourite author or a title that interests you and place a bid for this very worthwhile cause!

A special mention too for Paddy Heron who has been responsible for putting this auction together.





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Tuesday Talk. This week I’m with author Elly Redding chatting about favourite authors and chill out moments…

I’m pleased to be hosting author Elly Redding on this week’s Tuesday Talk.  I’ve posed a few questions and am showcasing her novel In Too Deep

HI Elly many thanks for joining me. First of all can you tell us a bit about yourself

I was born just a stone’s throw away from Hampton Court Palace, to a resounding chorus of fireworks. Nothing quite like entering this world with a bang, although it might have had something to do with the fact it was Guy Fawkes Night too!  We moved away when I was four, only returning for a couple of years so I could train as a nurse, but I’m a great fan of London and I’ve used it as one of the two settings in both my books.  My other choice of location for ‘In Too Deep’ was Devon, where I love nothing better than to watch the waves – although preferably at a safe distance, as I’ve never quite mastered the art of swimming. In fact, I almost managed to drown in the shallow end of a pool last year, which I’m told is quite a feat, even for me.

How did you become an author?

I’ve always lived with a dream or two bubbling away in my head, whether it was making up plays with school friends, or reinventing my life while walking the dog. It was only after I’d had my first baby that I started jotting them down, while breastfeeding my daughter, who was a very slow feeder. My first attempt was a children’s book, but then I seized on the idea of a screenplay for adults, and was thrilled to get an agent for this, but – sadly – the script was never taken up.  It was a few years later, while I watched the children play tennis, that I started my first second chance romance novel, and I’ve not looked back since.

How do you spend your chill out moments?

As my family will tell you, ‘chilling’ is not one of my fortes. However, apart from seeing friends and family (I’m getting to be a whizz at Zoom), I find gardening wonderfully relaxing. Whether it’s digging up weeds, or arranging my new plants, it gives me a chance to switch off and wallow in nature.  Although nature has recently decided it’s time to bite back, in this instance in the guise of two young foxes who, when they’re not looking cute, seem to have a penchant for digging up my plants and helping themselves to my runner beans.  So, possibly, not quite so cute after all!

Who are your favourite authors?

This is always a difficult question as I’ve enjoyed so many books over the years, and keep adding new authors to that list in my mind. When I was a teenager, I would devour anything by Dorothy Eden, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. I was brought up on the classics, too, and loved Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone With The Wind’.  In more recent times, I’ve enjoyed the brilliant characters in Rachel Joyce’s books, as well as psychological thrillers and detective stories too; thank you, Michael Robotham, Lindsey Davis and Sandra Brown for sharing your worlds with me.

Is there any other genre you would be interested in writing?

That’s an interesting question, as I do seem to be going on a little journey of my own, as far as genres are concerned. ‘In Too Deep’ differs from my first novel, ‘True Colours’, in that there’s a touch of mystery and darkness too, as Isy takes on the role of detective to discover the secret of Jack’s long-lost past. I also touch on a few social issues, and I’m hoping to continue writing about these and how we are all affected by our experiences in the book I’m currently writing.  All will be second chance romances at their heart, as I love these, but I would be interested in taking on a cosy crime story, perhaps, in the future.  With oodles of romance, of course, but may be with the odd dead body too?

And a fun question. Which historical character would you like to go back in time and meet and why?

History is full of inspiring characters who have tried to make the world a better place, and those who definitely haven’t. In a time where there seems to be so much unkindness and division bubbling away within society, I’d like to meet a woman who rose above it, and did not discriminate when it came to helping others: Edith Cavell.  None of us know, precisely, how we would have reacted, had we found ourselves in her situation, a nurse in German occupied Belgium, but I’m in awe of everything she did.  Edith Cavell not only helped others, knowing the penalty for doing so was death, but she made no distinction in whom she helped, coming to the aid of those on both sides of the First World War. I’d love to talk to her about her beliefs, her outlook and her compassion. She may not have changed the world, but she did alter the world for those she helped, and that’s a very moving tribute to a very brave woman.



One Little Lie.  A Guilty Secret.  And The Man She Mustn’t Love…

It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.

Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible.  Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.

But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart?  How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?

Set in the rolling countryside of Devon, ‘In Too Deep’ is the emotional story of a woman’s determination to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.




Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her latest novel, ‘In Too Deep’ has recently been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, together with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award and voted Cover of the Month.  Her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award “Words for the Wounded” too.

Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.

Elly is a member of the Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you.




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 Bird in the Hand


1970, the height of the sexual revolution and independence for young people. Set in Cornwall, Charmian is worried her future is mapped for her and repressive. She craves freedom and excitement. That’s not quite what she gets.

Bird in the Hand is a story of making decisions for others which reaps heartache. Charmian has two birds and a third on the way. What’s a girl to do? Consequences can be tough. We cannot mould our children to fit our own expectations. Sometimes it’s better to be the familiar stranger. Charmian and her family have much with which to come to terms but it’s ultimately uplifting.

Live, laugh, cry with, and love these characters. Lose yourself in a feelgood holiday read.

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About Ros Rendle

Ros writes both historical sagas and contemporary romance; perfect for lying by a warm summer pool or curling up with on a cosy sofa
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Historical Novelists’ Society and the Society of Authors.

After living in France for ten years Ros and her husband moved back to the UK. While there, she gained much information which has been of use in her books. They are thoroughly and accurately researched.

Ros enjoys ballroom and Latin dancing, and dog walking across the fields. Having been caught out a couple of times, she and her husband don’t normally do both at the same time. She is a committee member of for the Deepings Literary Festival. Two daughters, with their husbands, and four granddaughters live close by, with whom she shares many marvellously fun times.



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Today Tuesday Talk is hosting author Malika Ghandi who chats about writing and showcases her paranormal novel Where the Secret Lies

This morning I’m welcoming author Malika Ghandi onto the blog to chat. She also has a special promotion coming up for her novel Where the Secret Lies between 11th and 15th August, 2020.  You can read about this in more detail after the interview.


Hi Malika, welcome to Tuesday Talk. Can you first tell us a little about yourself.

Hello and thank you for having me. I am a wife and a mother of two boys. I am a writer and an artist.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for fifteen years on my blog and my novels.

What made you choose paranormal? Is it something you have always been interested in?

I am intrigued with the afterlife. What happens after we die? Where do our souls go? I believe the subject paranormal is fascinating and when there is a mystery associated with a soul, the story gets better.

When not writing, what do you like to read?

I read many genres, rom coms, historical romance or mystery, and fantasy. I haven’t come across a paranormal romance yet (that is somewhat like Where the Secret Lies) but I am looking for one.

What is the most difficult part of writing a book?

The middle and the ending. Although, when I write, I let my characters decide what they want to do and what direction they want to take. It is never simple. 😊

Have you any advice for would be writers?

Writing may be hard but keep at it. It is all about trial and error. Never give up.

And lastly a ‘fun’ question. You are having a dinner party and inviting four famous people. Who would they be, and what would your reason be for inviting them?

I would invite The Wright Brothers who invented the Aeroplane because I want to know what kept them going after so many setbacks.

Second, I would like to have C.S. Lewis – the author of The Narnia books and find out what character he liked best, and how he came up with such a wonderful fantasy world.

I would invite Will Smith and Oprah and talk to them about their Law of Attraction journey to their successes.


A mansion (Haveli). A sealed door. A spirit. And a secret.

Nineteen-year-old Arianna and her family travel from London to India for a lavish wedding. Excitement turns to bewilderment and then curiosity when strange things start happening within the Haveli walls. A sealed door opens, and Arianna is given Anjali’s diary, which recounts a romantic adventure that began during the bloody turmoil of partition in 1948.

So begins a paranormal experience that leaves Arianna stunned and demanding answers. Who is Anjali? Why did the door unseal for her? Is there something the spirit wants to show her? What could it possibly be?

Where the Secret Lies will be FREE to download on Amazon on Tuesday 11th Aug – 15th August 2020.


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About the author:

Malika Gandhi lives with her husband and two sons in the East Midlands, UK. She is a homemaker

and in between caring for her family, she writes her books and works on her art. She

loves to experiment with different mediums, such as oils, acrylic and watercolour.

Malika was born in India but moved to London when she was two where her father was already


She grew up in London, studied in Southampton and moved to Leicester after her marriage.

Malika is very much in love with movies, art galleries, and libraries. She is also in curious about the universe.


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Pride meets prejudice -can love blossom?


Beautiful young widow Lady Eliza Wyndham is determined never to remarry after a disastrous first marriage. The undeniable attraction that fizzes between her and Major Nathaniel Overton terrifies her. She rejects his advances.
With his pride badly dented, Nat vows to forget Eliza until he finds her in danger from an old adversary of his army days. His protective instincts are stirred and he steps back into her life, but will Eliza be prepared to accept his help?

Set in 1800 this is the first book in a series, The Reluctant Brides, linked by character. Perfect for readers of Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and Julia Quinn.



Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.

Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.

There is more information on her website at https:/


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Tuesday Talk welcomes author Trevor Belshaw who talks about how be became a writer and showcases his new book Unspoken…

Today Tuesday Talk is hosting writer Trevor Belshaw.  I put a few questions to him about his writing journey and there’s a chance to read all about his latest book Unspoken

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to write, ever since I was a kid. I used to write silly, plays that I would perform with my brothers in front of my long-suffering parents, after tea on a Sunday. I wrote a few stories back then, mainly about Spaceship munching aliens, or kid’s who get stuck in various places, like haunted castles and have to trick the ghosts into letting them out.

I didn’t really get going with it until around 2008-9 when the financial crisis struck and my one-man band, computer repair business took a major hit. I was left with a lot of time on my hands so I thought there’s never be a better time to see if I could actually turn out something readable. When the business folded, I took a part time delivery job which meant I had most afternoons and all weekends free. For once, I took advantage of the situation and to my own surprise as much as anyone else’s, I became a fully-fledged writer.

How did you go about taking those first steps?

I had a go at writing a YA novel, got three chapters in then printed it off and read it back a few days later. When I compared it to an actual published book, I could see straight away that what I had produced wasn’t going to make it to the top of the book charts. The story was good, the plot was fine, but the actual prose wasn’t much better than I had written as a child. A lot of he said, she said, he did this, she did that. There were different tenses in the same paragraph, the punctuation was awful and even though the missus smiled at me and said, keep at it, (she was always honest and would never have said it was great when it wasn’t,) I knew I needed help.

So, I joined an online writing community called, Writelink where wannabe writers could post up their latest output and get genuinely helpful and friendly, feedback. Nothing was ever torn to pieces in front of you. I met some wonderful people on that site and many are friends to this day. Their advice was invaluable and within a few months I was turning out articles and short stories that were as good as most things on the site. I met my soon to be editor, Maureen Vincent-Northam on Writelink and she still edits everything I turn out, including my new novel, Unspoken. In fact, it was Maureen that came up with the title. My Tracy’s Hot Mail novels were spawned on Writelink. I used to post a new chapter email chapter on there every other week.

Before long, with a growing confidence, I began to send out articles, poetry and short stories to magazines and anthologies. I was lucky enough to have many of them accepted. So, taking the bull firmly by the horns, I began my first novel, a children’s book which developed into an eight-title series, called Magic Molly.

Has there been any one author who has influenced your work?

I’d like to say, Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton as I’ve been favourably and somewhat, flatteringly, compared to both. If I do have an author mentor, it’s probably Leslie Thomas, author of The Virgin Soldiers amongst many other titles. Leslie could make me laugh out loud and have me sobbing into my sleeve on the same page, sometimes in the same paragraph. He was a literary genius who’s understanding of humour and pathos goes pretty much unmatched … Apart from a certain Tom Sharpe who had me doubled over with laughter every time I picked up one of his books. I could read them a dozen times and still find them funny.

Amongst children’s writers I loved Arthur Ransome, (Swallows and Amazons) And Richmal Crompton. (Just William.) Both wrote about eras before my time, but the stories were timeless so it didn’t matter.

If you weren’t a writer is there any other occupation that would interest you?

At school, I wanted to be an archaeologist or a private detective. Back then neither were a possibility for a young lad from the slums, despite a lot of Private Investigators in novels being from the wrong side of the tracks. I needed a job when I left school, university wasn’t done back then for kids like me and archaeology was a rich kid’s unpaid pursuit.

What are you reading at the moment?

Having just written a Family Saga and about to continue the series, I’m reading a couple of books in the same genre to get a proper feel for it. Pam Howes. The Liverpool Girls is on my Kindle at the side of my bed. I’m also determined to re-read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It became an instant favourite with me on first reading.

Have you another writing project in the pipeline?

I’m four chapters into the sequel to Unspoken. Unspoken 2. Martha, which continues the story of the fractious, Mollison family. I hope to produce a third which will be titled, The Pearl, a reference to another of the main protagonist’s children, Marjorie. The name means, pearl.

What advice would you give to would be authors?

Keep at it, don’t expect your first attempts at writing to be a blazing success, even if your friends and family tell you you’re the next Jane Austen. They are just being kind and don’t want to hurt your feelings. Get your work assessed by other writers, join a local writer’s group and read your work to them. Enter competitions for short stories. Don’t try to run before you can walk. Remember, only a tiny percentage of submitted books are taken up by traditional publishers. Don’t be scared, or ashamed of Self Publishing your work. You will need to work hard to get it noticed but if you do, you’ll earn much more than by going with a small publishing company who will pay you half of what you can make on your own, and you’ll have to do all the publicity work anyway as they won’t have the budgets to help you.

And lastly, the fun question. Name three things you would like to take with you if you were planning to spend a year on a desert island.

My collection of Maria Callas CDs, so I would need electrical power to plug in the Hifi that I’d have to take with me. Failing that, my mobile phone and a wireless, Bluetooth speaker. I’d also take my book-stuffed, Kindle and a solar charger for both kindle, speaker, and phone.

Thank you for hosting me Jo.

Thank you coming along to chat Trevor…

Unspoken Cover 3D

A dramatic family saga, Unspoken is a tale of secrets, love, betrayal and revenge.

Unspoken means something that cannot be uttered aloud. Unspoken is the dark secret a woman must keep, for life.

Alice is fast approaching her one hundredth birthday and she is dying. Graphic dreams of ghostly figures pulling her into a tunnel of blinding light become more vivid and more terrifying. Alice has only a short time left and is desperate to unburden herself of a dark secret, one she has lived with for eighty years.

Jessica, a journalist, is her great granddaughter and a mirror image of the young Alice. They share dreadful luck in the types of men that come into their lives.

Alice shares her terrible secret with Jessica through a set of handwritten notebooks detailing her young life during the late 1930s. Following the death of her invalid mother and her father’s decline, she is forced, at 18, to run the farm. On her birthday, she meets Frank, a man with a drink problem and a violent temper.
When Frank’s abusive behaviour steps up a level. Alice seeks solace in the company of her smooth, ‘gangster lawyer’ Godfrey, and when Frank finds Alice in another man’s arms, he vows to get his revenge.

Unspoken. A tale that spans two eras and binds two women born eighty years apart.

Unspoken is available in Kindle format at both Amazon UK and Amazon Com

The UK version is linked below.  The paperback version will follow soon…

Amazon UK


About the Author

me white shirtT A Belshaw is from Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Trevor writes for both children and adults. He is the author of Tracy’s Hot Mail, Tracy’s Celebrity Hot Mail and the noir, suspense novella, Out of Control. His new novel, the family saga, Unspoken, was released in July, 2020

His short stories have been published in various anthologies including 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and Other Stories, Deck the Halls, 100 Stories for Queensland and The Cafe Lit anthology 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also has two pieces in Shambelurklers Return. 2014

Trevor is also the author of 15 children’s books written under the name of Trevor Forest. The latest. Magic Molly: The Curse of Cranberry Cottage, was released in August 2016

His children’s poem, Clicking Gran, was long listed for the Plough prize (children’s section) in 2009 and his short poem, My Mistake, was rated Highly Commended and published in an anthology of the best entries in the Farringdon Poetry Competition.

Trevor’s articles have been published in magazines as diverse as Ireland’s Own, The Best of British and First Edition.

Trevor is currently working on the sequel to Unspoken and the third book in the Tracy series; Tracy’s Euro Hot Mail.

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There are only a few hours to go now until Shadows on the Water is published in e-book format on Amazon.  The paperback version will follow in August.  The e-book is currently on pre-order (links below) at a special price of 99p/$1.24 until tomorrow.





 Earlier this week Rebecca, my formatter, sent me the final file to check through before loading it onto Amazon. As I looked through it the thought struck me what an amazing journey this book has made since I had that very first germ of an idea for a romance set in the fictitious Cornish estuary town of Kingswater.  And how different it looks from the typed manuscript.

Dartmouth, Devon and Fowey, Cornwall (slideshows below)  have been the inspiration for my fictitious estuary town of Kingswater.  It will be a place I’m planning to take up residence for the next two chapters of this Cornish trilogy. At the moment I’m still at the planning stage for book two but I’m hoping it will be ready for publication some time in the New Year.

In the meantime there’s the first story to tell….


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