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Guest Blog - Emma Davies

I'm chatting to author Emma Davies today about her writing process and inspiration. Why writing? Simply because of my love of reading. I always joke I was born with a book in my hand, and it’s not far off the truth! Some of my fondest early memories feature trips to our local library, or being curled up on a Sunday afternoon with a good book. I’ve always been a very creative person, expressing this in various ways but, as I lost myself in the worlds my favourite authors created, I realised I had just as many worlds in my own head and so I knew from quite an early age I needed to write them down. There is a fascinating alchemy that takes place when you put words on a page, just twenty-six letters, but what magic they can do! Even now, I still marvel at the ability we have to conjure up characters and images so vivid it’s as if they’re in the same room. It’s that magic that continues to draw me in. Who inspires you? People. Ordinary people, who live ordinary lives because, actually,

Guest Blog - Jane Cable

Today I'm chatting with Eva Glyn who writes relationship-driven fiction for One More Chapter and her last two books have been set in Croatia, with a third to follow next summer. She also writes romance with a ghostly twist as Jane Cable. Who or what inspires you? Stories inspire me. A nugget of information will turn up and I’ll recognise it as a tale that needs to be told. Sometimes it happens completely out of the blue, which was the case with my first Croatian novel,  The Olive Grove . I was on holiday in Croatia at the time and our guide, Darko Barisic, told us the most moving stories about growing up in the bomb shelters of Mostar during the Balkan war in the 1990s. I knew there and then I needed to find a way to weave it into a novel, and I asked him if he would mind. He was delighted and now helps me to make all my Croatian books as authentic as possible. Do your books have a message/common theme? If so, what? My husband asks why I always write about war. It isn’t strictly tr

Book Review: Find Her Alive - Diane Saxon

When Fliss takes her dog for a walk she never imagined the consequences of choosing one path over another. But that simple decision places her freedom, and her life, in danger. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Find Her Alive is a captivating read from the start through to the end. Diane Saxon had me completely hooked, as I tried to work out who the mysterious man could be, and what was his connection to Fliss. Even when I figured it out, the tension and anticipation remained as we followed Fliss’s sister, DS Jenna Morgan through the police investigation. I loved the bond between the sisters which resonated through this story. The trauma and loss in their past had made that even stronger and gave them strength through Fliss’s ordeal. Diane writes with such passion and you can feel the emotion throughout the novel. Wonderful deep and vivid characters, and a tense, gripping plot. Overall a powerful 5 star read.  Purchase Link -  Find Her Alive: The start of a gripping psychological crime series (DS Jenna Mo

Guest Blog - Mary Grand - Good Neighbours

I'm thrilled to welcome fellow Boldwood Books author, Mary Grand, to the guest blog today, to chat about coercive relationships and how they feature in her gripping mystery; Good Neighbours. Good Neighbours is, at heart, a murder mystery, a whodunnit. It also  explores the complex and disturbing relationship between Nia and her  husband, Chris. Nia Nia is the central character in Good Neighbours. She has been  persuaded to come to stay in her aunt’s vacant home on the Isle of  Wight, in order to give herself ‘space’ as she has reached a crisis  point in her marriage. The house is in a small close in the harbour  town of Yarmouth. Nia’s husband, Chris, of twenty years, is the charismatic headteacher  of a successful High School. Chris has slowly eroded Nia’s sense of  self-belief to such an extent that she no longer trusts herself to  make even quite trivial decisions, such as what to wear. The Affair Prior to her arrival on the island, Nia had begun to suspect her  husband was havi

Book Review: The Girl Who Couldn't Leave - Catherine Miller

Such an emotional, heart warming story. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An emotional journey of a young woman who has built such high boundaries around her to hide from the traumas of her past, that she never leaves her home. Catherine Miller has a knack for writing characters who touch your heart. Book Blurb She hasn’t left her house in five years. Can love unlock the door? It’s been 1,825 days since  Fiona Dexter  last set foot outside 14 Wellington Drive. Five years ago, something happened that changed Fiona forever. Now she is too afraid to walk beyond her front gate. It’s not the life Fiona had dreamed of but she has made it work, finding happiness in the safe routine of her days. On Mondays she treats herself to a glass of Chardonnay. On Tuesdays she has a working lunch at her desk (usually peanut butter on toast). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, she alternates spinning classes in her shed with yoga in the garden. Saturdays are for tidying up and Sundays are for relaxing in her favourite armchair. Bu

Behind The Book - The Other Girlfriend Book Launch

It's been just over a week since publication day for my second psychological thriller, The Other Girlfriend. And what a week it has been! I started publication day off with a visit to Venture on Bargates in Christchurch, to drop off copies of The Other Girlfriend. Venture is a treasure trove of handmade items and books from local creatives. It's run by the CHI to offer local school students a chance to learn the skills behind running a high street retail outlet. I'm so thrilled to have my books stocked here and know that I'm supporting such a valuable part of local business and education.  It was then time for a celebratory lunch at  No.1 Brasserie & Bar . If you've not been, it's definitely worth a visit. The team are always so friendly and welcoming, and the food is always delicious! In the evening I had a fantastic launch party and book signing event thanks to the wonderful team at Westbourne Bookshop . There were tasty snacks, plenty of drinks and of cou

Book Review: The Friend Request - Laura Marshall

A chilling mystery showing there can be multiple sides to people you think you know well. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A well written mystery, full of twists and turns which highlight the long term impact of school bullying. Having carried the guilt of her secret for twenty-five years, Louise is stunned when she receives a friend request from a girl she thinks is dead. Book Blurb Maria Weston wants to be friends with me Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She's been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I've been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years. Purchase Link -  Friend Request: The most addictive psychological thriller you'll read this year eBook : Marshall, Laura: Kindle Store