Meet the Characters – Detective Madison Harper from Shadow Falls by Wendy Dranfield

I’m delighted to welcome author Wendy Dranfield onto my blog today. Wendy is interviewing Detective Madison from her crime thriller, Shadow Falls, the first in the Detective Madison Harper series.

Isn’t the cover stunning?

You thought your daughter was safe at summer camp. You were wrong…

Detective Madison Harper’s heart shatters when she searches the bedroom of twelve-year-old Jenny Lucas, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake at Shadow Falls, northern California, with her friends before she vanished. A notebook decorated with stickers pokes out beneath a pink cowboy hat on the bed, which is neatly made up, ready for her return. Madison can’t help wondering why it took their close-knit community so long to raise the alarm.

The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She knows better than most what it’s like to lose a child, and she won’t let it happen again, even if that means pressing Jenny’s grieving family for answers.

Then, canvassing the local area for hidden leads, Madison discovers a disturbing portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most? If Madison’s instincts are right, then the life of another innocent child could also be at riskshe must find Jenny fast…

An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night!


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Interview with Detective Madison Harper:

Hi Madison. Could you tell us a little about yourself as you work on your first missing person case in Shadow Falls, California?

Sure. I’m in my mid-thirties and originally from a small town called Lost Creek in southern Colorado. I’d still be living there if I hadn’t served time in prison for a murder I didn’t commit. I have one son, Owen, and I have no idea where he is. He’ll be seventeen now but he was ten when he was taken from me after my arrest. I’ve been a cop for five years and just made detective before I was framed. Now I’m out of prison my goal is to clear my name, find my son and get my job back. I’m going to be busy.

Why did you become a detective?

I hate injustice. I’ve always hated seeing anyone get away with breaking the law and ruining people’s lives, even more so since I was framed for the murder of a fellow officer. I find satisfaction in helping victims get the justice they deserve in order to be able to move on with their lives.

What was it like spending 6 years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit?

I could go into detail but it would put you off your dinner, so let’s just say it was as bad as you’d expect it to be. A lot of the women in my prison were victims themselves. Our criminal justice system has a lot to answer for and prison should be about rehabilitation and education but instead it’s mostly about punishment, which means everyone is labelled as bad, instead of by scale of their potential to turn their lives around. I made some friends inside, but it was hard serving someone else’s sentence, especially as I had no idea where my son was. I don’t know if I’ll ever see him again. The days were long but the nights were longer as I’d wonder what Owen looked like now, and if I’d even recognise him in the street if I ever walked past him after my release. I don’t even know if he ever thinks about me. Has he got a new mother now? These are questions that keep me awake at night.

How did you meet Nate Monroe?

I’m smiling when you mention Nate because we were like chalk and cheese at first. Nate is someone who served 17 years on death row for the murder of his fiancée, except he didn’t kill her and was recently exonerated at 39 years old. He was known as the ‘killer priest’ in the media because he’d been training to become a priest before he gave it up for the woman he wanted to marry, but she was cruelly taken from him when they were just 20 years old. He became a PI on his release from prison and I watched his story play out in the media when I was inside. I knew he’d be the best person to track down who framed me, and to help me find my son, so I literally begged him to take on my case and give me a job too. He took a lot of persuading but eventually he agreed. He’s been a good boss, if a little unconventional. It’s thanks to him we have a retired police dog, Brody, tagging along with us everywhere we go. Nate’s a sucker for picking up strays.

What’s it like delivering bad news to the parents of child victims?

The case we’re in Shadow Falls to investigate is that of a missing 12-year-old girl; Jenny Lucas. She vanished whilst at a summer camp. Her parents are beside themselves but it’s the grandmother who gets me. She’s trying to do everything in her power to find that little girl. It sometimes feels like she’s got a stronger bond with Jenny than the parents do, so it’s killing her to think of the girl being away from the family with a potential predator. She’s the one who hired us to look into the case since the local police don’t have any leads. I just want to be able to reunite them so I never have to deliver the news they don’t want to hear.

What’s it like living in small town Colorado?

Lost Creek, Colorado is remote to say the least. It’s nestled amongst mountains and forests and has the most beautiful scenery you could ever want. But that place is troubled. The welcome sign says Lost Creek is ‘where the lost are found’ but whoever thought that up must have been on drugs. There are good people in every town of course, but also bad, and I fear that if I ever get back to Lost Creek – which is my ultimate aim – I’ll find out that the person who framed me for murder all those years ago is someone who was close to me. Someone who wanted me put away for a reason. I just have to figure out what that reason was.


What readers are saying

5 star reviews:

Wow, wow, wow!… A read-all-night page-turner of the highest order… I was hooked from page one… I was kept guessing until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow!… Awesome! I was on the edge of my seat getting whiplash from reading so fast!!’ Barbs Beautiful Bookshelf, 5 stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK!… I was hooked It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through… so many twists and turns that keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow, just wow.’ Spooky’s Maze Of Books, 5 stars

Wow… an absolutely thrilling read… unpredictable and brilliant. I LOVED IT!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

OH MY DAYS!!!!… Gah, I am still thinking about this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

It sounds a thrilling read, doesn’t it? If you fancy reading it you can grab a copy here:

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Author bio

Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats.

Her first novel (The Girl Who Died) was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Since then she has written two crime series – one follows Officer Dean Matheson on his quest to make detective, and the other is her current series which follows Detective Madison Harper as she tries to reclaim her life after spending six years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. Books 1 and 2 are out now on amazon and Kindle Unlimited in paperback, ebook and audiobook. Book 3 is coming summer 2021.

As well as crime novels Wendy also has short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and the US, and she has been shortlisted and longlisted for various writing competitions.

Wendy’s social media:

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There are two sides to every story. Who do you believe?

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Meet the Characters – Doris from A Wing and a Prayer by M W Arnold

This week I’m delighted to welcome a male romance author to my blog, M W Arnold. M W is interviewing his character, Doris, from his WW11 historical romance, A Wing and A Prayer. Let’s find out a bit about the book first.

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

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Now, let’s move onto the interview with Doris.

Welcome Doris, why did you make the dangerous journey across the Atlantic to join the Air Transport Auxiliary?

I’d wanted to do something for my British cousins and though there was talk about setting something similar to the ATA up in the States, I couldn’t wait that long. You see, I lost my husband in the Spanish Civil War, he died fighting for a cause he believed in. Now, I don’t plan on dying any time soon, but the one thing I can do, and do well, is fly. I know I can do a good job right where I am. I may not be firing the gun, but I’m delivering it to where it can do the most good against such an implacable enemy.

What do you think of Hamble, compared to your home city of New York?

It’s small! That’s not fair. Yes, Hamble’s easily the smallest place I’ve lived in and it’s really taken some getting used to. I mean, here, I can walk from one end of the village to the other in not much over fifteen minutes, quicker if I’m being chased by the duck. In New York, I couldn’t even walk from one end of Central Park to the other in the same time. On the other hand, it’s very nice to live somewhere that I know nearly everyone I run into and where I can, the British weather permitting, forget to lock the front door and not have to worry about everything being stolen when I get back. I miss the excitement of New York, but it’s also good to be somewhere I don’t have bad memories. I feel at home in Hamble.

Sorry. You mentioned being chased by a duck?

I know! Weird, huh? You see, I live in a cottage next to a river and there’s this very territorial duck. I don’t know if it’s male or female, I suspect male, but whenever we walk to and from work, we have to go past an area it seems to consider its own. Do ducks have teeth? We’ve never got close enough to find out, but I’ve had a few nips on my ankle that caused me to jump. The thing isn’t even afraid of my neighbour’s dog! Is that normal over here? Saying all this, it is kind of cute though!

Are you close to any of your work colleagues?

Oh, sure. It’s not taken long, but I’d have to say I consider them all great friends, if not sisters. My heart went out to Betty, she’s also my landlady, when she told us how her sister had died, though I can totally sympathise. She’s a little older than me and is, I suppose, more of a big sister. The other girls I regularly fly with, Penny and Mary, are so much fun and easy to talk to, yet such hard workers, I can’t imagine a time when they weren’t in my life now.

Silly question time. How do you find the British food?

You really do want to put me on the spot, don’t you? I still can’t cook for toffee, there you go. We’re quite lucky, I gather, in that we have a very good vegetable patch and Ruth, she runs the local newspaper and lives next door, keeps rabbits and chickens – oh, Mary hates chickens! Scared to death of them – so we tend to swap food around and eat quite well. I can’t say the same for when we’re on base or at the places we deliver to. I guess you could describe it as bland, but it gives us the fuel to carry on.

What do you consider your worst character trait?

Patience; or a lack of it, without a doubt. I’m afraid I tend to shoot off at the mouth without engaging my brain first. It always used to get me into trouble back in school and I reckon it’ll do the same over here. I do have a very cute nose though!

Is there anything you’ve discovered since being over here that you’ll miss when you go back to the USA?

Fish ‘n’ chips! We’ve a wonderful – what do you call them? Chippy? – in Hamble, which I’ve become very thankful isn’t on the ration. The girls often tease me that if I keep on eating as much as I do, I won’t fit in the cockpit!

Some Nice Reviews

“It reminded me of the work of prolific and successful author Elaine Everest” Goodreads 5***** quote by Amazon UK no.1 Best Selling author, Sue Moorcroft

“The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*!” – Ginger Book Geek – Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Meet M W Arnold

M W is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Were-Cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, M W is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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Meet the Characters – Jane Smith from Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan

My guest this week is author Gilli Allan, who is interviewing her character Jane Smith from her novel Buried Treasure.

Let’s take a look at the cover and find out a bit more about the book.


Within the ancient precincts of the university the first encounter between the conference planner and the academic is accidental and unpromising. Jane thinks he sees her as shallow and ill-educated. Theo thinks she sees him as a snob, stuffy and out of touch. And neither is entirely wrong. Just as well there’s no reason for them ever to meet again!
But behind the armour they’ve each constructed from old scars, hide far more vulnerable and complex personalities, who each have an archaeological puzzle they are driven to solve. As their stories intertwine, their quest to uncover the past unearths more than expected.

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Interview with Jane Smith.

‘Do you mind this?’ The interviewer lays down the recording device and, when Jane shakes her head, switches it on.  ‘Now … I see from my notes that you were born in Essex?’

‘Yes.  But the family moved into Suffolk when my father got his promotion to bank manager.’

‘Branch manager.…’  Jane does not fill the interviewer’s pause.  ‘After Oxford, didn’t your sister follow in his footsteps.?’ 

‘Unlike me, Rachel is brainy.  She inherited Dad’s love of maths, figures and statistics. But she went into the City, not High Street banking.’

‘But you did well in what amounted to your first job at Lew Chapman Roofing Solutions. You began as a trainee, and by the time you left you were the boss’s PA.’ 

Jane looks down into her lap and twists her hands together. She hopes he doesn’t notice the shudder that zips icily down her spine. ‘I was very young when I began, and was there for nearly ten years.’

‘Even so, setting up from scratch as an Events and Conference Planner was a courageous move?’

‘My job as PA had included events management and corporate entertaining.  I felt I had the experience and contacts and had some money. I didn’t want to be at the … at the beck and call of anyone else ever again. Fresh start. Sink or swim.’

‘You wanted to be your own boss.  The conference you organized at Lancaster College was a very big deal for someone just starting out on a new venture?’

‘It wasn’t the first job I undertook on my own. There were a few smaller events earlier in the year.  But yes, I’d never before planned anything on that scale, involving a stop-over of several days, accommodation, multiple meals…..  But there’s a dedicated hospitality department at the college who I worked with, and they were very professional.’

‘Until they tried to change your arrangements?’

Jane sighs. ‘Partly my own fault.  I’d not paid close enough attention to the small print, and didn’t realise there was a degree of leeway in the contract…..   They changed the room we’d agreed to use for registration.   I’m not very … flexible.’

‘Hence the melt-down?’

Jane looks up wide-eyed. ‘Who told you … Theo?’

‘No. Not Dr Tyler.  Although, after you met by chance in the pub next to the college, wasn’t it Dr Tyler who tried to resolve your problem? I understand a …  ‘free-range’ sandwich was involved…’

‘Oh that!’  Jane smiles.  ‘Both problems wereresolved. The sandwich immediately, and later the glitch over my use of the Geffrye Room which, ultimately, was as a result of Theo’s … Dr Tyler’s intervention.’

‘And despite the differences between you, you became friends?’

‘What do you mean by that?’

‘Your backgrounds are very dissimilar. Family, class….?’ 

‘Education? In fact the schools he and I went to were the reverse of what you might expect. But I left at  fifteen with just a handful of GCSEs, despite my school, not because of it.  Whereas he is probably the only pupil from his school with a Phd.  As it happened, we found we had interests in common. He’s an historian and archaeologist and I’ve always been interested in the subject…’

‘Indeed. Dr Tyler was not your only friend with ‘Archaeology’ in his CV.  You went out with a Dr Adam Wiseman….?’

‘Oh, him!’ Jane says dismissively.  ‘I met him at a book fair that I organized. But I suspect he was always more interested in the hoard unearthed by my mother’s uncle, during the war, than he was in me.’

 ‘That’s the Maidenhill hoard, isn’t it?  There was a bit of a mystery attached to that. More than 80 years later hasn’t there been a recent discovery connected with it? An artefact believed lost has been reunited with the original find?’ The last statement is posed as a question and the interviewer looks at her intently.

Jane blushes, recalling the circumstances of that discovery.  ‘Yes.  I think there has.’

‘So, to recap…,’ he continues, when Jane offers no further comment.  ‘What you’re saying is that you and Dr Tyler became friends through shared interests.  But forgive me for pressing you. Wasn’t there more to it than that?  After all, your first meeting was not a success?’

‘Where are you getting all this?  All right, if you must know I thought he was pompous, pedantic, high-handed and patronizing. And he had a misguided view of me too. But I’m sure you would agree, first impressions are not a reliable guide to future relationships.’

‘Relationships?’ Yet again he gives her that intent, questioning look.

‘People are complicated,’ she goes on, uncomfortably. ‘You shouldn’t jump too soon to hard and fast conclusions.  We’re all allowed to change our minds.’

‘Indeed,’ he nods.  ‘Your change of mind inspired you to help him track down the vital evidence he needed to halt the proposed development at Beacon’s Hill.’

‘Luckily it was easy.’ She seems relieved at the change of tack. ‘If the individual I was searching for had moved home or died, it could have proved a lot more difficult, if not impossible.’  

‘And Dr Tyler has, in his turn, helped you?’

Jane exhales.  ‘In many many more ways than one…..’

Some Nice Reviews

“I found Buried Treasure a compelling read. It was so many things: a love story, a hunt for clues to lost secrets, and a fascinating look at how our past experiences shape us, and how we can heal even after damage. The characters were wonderfully well drawn,” says Clare Chase – author

“This is a book that gives you real characters, warts and all …. Gilli Allan manages to explore so much in this story, and to give so much to the reader. Intriguing, compelling, startling, disturbing and ultimately satisfying,” says Elizabeth Bailey – author.

“I was very impressed. Wonderful writing, intriguing plot, and an unexpected love story … a gem of a novel, ”  says Jessica Belmont – writer and book blogger

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Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother. 

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

She was published by Accent Press, now Accent Headline, and each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS, FLY or FALL as well as the independently published BURIED TREASURE, has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. He is published by William Collins.

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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Gilli. Wishing you many sales!

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Tuesday Thriller – Love Me Tender by Lorraine Mace

I’m delighted to welcome Lorraine Mace, author of the D.I. Sterling thriller series onto my blog today. Lorraine’s novels have been described as dark, gritty and (sometimes) gruesome. The latest in the series is Love Me Tender.


A brutal murder . . .

Responding to a tip-off, newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Paolo Sterling arrives at an apartment block to find the dismembered body of a young woman. And with no indication of a break-in, all signs suggest the killer was known to her.

An abduction in plain sight . . .
Then the victim’s friend is snatched with no witnesses and the unanswered questions mount up.

At the same time, Sterling’s team are leading the surveillance of a local club, thought to be involved in a drug operation. But when one of his colleagues ends up in hospital close to death, Paolo begins to lose his grip.

A detective on the edge . . .
With the odds stacked against him, and time running out, can DCI Sterling uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will this case finally tip him over the edge?

Lorraine Mace returns with the fifth instalment in her dark, gritty and unflinching DI Sterling series. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, M. J. Arlidge and Karin Slaughter.

First chapter of Love Me Tender

Where was it? Where had Grandpa hidden it? From the moment the bastard had stopped breathing, Boy had been searching. He’d already spent hours turning Grandpa’s room inside out, but he wasn’t ready to give up. It would be here somewhere, he knew it. The old man would never have thrown it away. He stood in the middle of the bedroom, shifting his weight from one side to the other, the floorboards creaking in protest. A waft of sickly sweet odours assailed his nostrils, reminding him he didn’t have long before the undertakers would arrive. Funny to think the people Grandpa had employed and abused would now be responsible for sending him off. The old bastard had made their lives hell while he’d been alive. Now was their opportunity for payback and he wouldn’t blame them if they took it.

Boy glared at Grandpa’s corpse, lying in comfortable state on the bed.

“Where did you put the box?” he hissed. “I know you would never have chucked it out.”

The stench made him gag; he wished he’d turned the heating off in this room, but he couldn’t give up the search – not until he’d found it.  The box would be in here somewhere. Maybe the wardrobe had a false back, he thought, turning towards it. As he spun, the rug caught his heel and he fell, tumbling down in a heap. Just as well the old man was dead, otherwise he would have had to listen to another of Grandpa’s lectures on how fucking useless he was.

He pulled himself upright and then reached down to straighten the rug. That’s when he knew he’d hit the jackpot. The floorboards didn’t quite meet as they should. He put his fingers into a well-worn groove and lifted out a loose section of wood. As he’d suspected, Grandpa had been hiding money away from the taxman. A large cashbox took up most of the space and Boy knew just where to find the key to it, but money wasn’t the prize he wanted.

Hands shaking, he pulled out the Tupperware sitting next to the cashbox. The plastic container was empty, but still stained with her blood. This was it – his holy grail.

Boy sat cross-legged next to the bed, no longer bothered by the smell, and hugged the container, allowing his memories to flow.

He’d just turned fourteen when Grandpa had brought Grammy’s heart home in this box.

Cover(s) reveal!

Authors love being able to reveal the covers for their books, which means each new release brings its own joyful celebration. It’s very rare that an author gets the opportunity to showcase not one, but four brand new covers (if not brand new books).

When the fifth in the series, Love Me Tender, was released earlier this year I instantly fell in love with the cover, so you can imagine my delight when my publisher told me they had requested the designer to update the first four in the series to match the tone of number five. I’m delighted to be able to share this with you.

Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week. Author of the D.I. Sterling series of novels, Lorraine has been engaged in many writing-related activities. A columnist for Writing Magazine, she has recently stepped down from writing two columns for Writers’ Forum and also her role as head judge of the magazine’s monthly fiction competitions in order to concentrate on her own writing. She is currently writing two standalone psychological thrillers for Headline Accent

She also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.

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‘Has to be my favourite read of this year, hands down! I couldn’t put it down… I was not stopping until I knew the whole story!… Amazing!’ Books With Loz ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Meet the Characters – Amelia from The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger

A warm welcome to Katie Ginger who is interviewing Amelia, the heroine from her latest romance novel, The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse . Just look at this gorgeous cover!


Escape to the countryside with a heart-warming new novel from Katie Ginger, the author of Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.

Amelia loves her life in Paris but with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past, including old flame Adam.

When Amelia discovers a locket hidden in the farmhouse, containing the picture of a mysterious World War Two soldier, she starts to uncover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and is drawn further into village life. Shocked by the warm welcome from the villagers and her own surprising feelings for first love Adam, Amelia is suddenly confused as to where she truly belongs.

Can Amelia finally confront her own past and find where her heart truly calls home?

‘A perfect country escape, with poignant echoes of love and loss and an ending that made my heart sing – this one is extra special’ Jane Linfoot

‘A warm, uplifting story of discovering where you truly belong.’ Jessica Redland

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It sounds a lovely story, doesn’t it? Let’s find out a bit more about Amelia

Hello Amelia. Can you tell us about yourself.

Oh, well, hello everyone! Gosh, I don’t really know what to say. Umm…I lived in Meadowbank from the age of eight until I went off to uni. After that I moved to Paris and have been there ever since. It’s an amazing city. I’m out every night with friends or networking for my interior design business. I’m always busy and hardly ever have time to think about home. Or should I say, Meadowbank, because Paris is home now.

Lucky you! Are French men as charming as they’re made out to be?

Some of them are, some of them not quite so much. There was this one guy who…actually, I better let you read that for yourself. Although I’ve been surrounded by charming French men for years, I’ve never really found anyone. I did leave someone behind back in Meadowbank but it’s probably best not to dwell on that.

Do tell us about great-aunt Vera

I’m really grateful to Great-Aunt Vera for taking me in after my parents died, but she was quite a difficult person to live with. I know why now, but growing up she was very brusque and grumpy and I had no idea what made her that way. It’s why I disappeared off to France as soon as I could. But now I know what made her that way, I understand her better.

What was the best thing about returning to Meadowbank?

I didn’t think there’d be anything good about returning to Meadowbank to be honest. Meadow Farmhouse had been a bit of a miserable place for me growing up, but bringing it back to life and making it the home I’d always dreamed of having was pretty special.

What was the worst thing about returning to Meadowbank?

Chickens! Don’t get me wrong, I love chickens but chasing after them in the middle of the night because they’ve escaped from their run is not fun!

Meadowbank is known for its generosity, have you had the chance to be generous towards others?

Since settling back in I definitely have! I’m going to be helping out with the summer fair and now my friend Sophie is working at the school I’m sure I’ll be working on nativity plays and things there too! Mrs Douglas’s hip has been playing up too lately and the first thing I did was take her a food basket, just like the village did for me when I had the flu. There’s something wonderful about looking after a neighbour, it really makes you feel good about yourself!

Finally, cats or dogs?

Can I say chickens instead?! I love dogs and cats but don’t have any myself at the moment. My chickens are a bit naughty sometimes (led by Bonnie and Clyde, the two naughtiest of all!) but I love having them around. Now the run is fixed and I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to chase them around, I love them even more.

Lovely to talk to you, Amelia.

Meet Katie

KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse is her seventh novel. She is also the author of the Swallowtail Bay series, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and The Little Theatre on the Seafront, which was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)

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Thanks for talking to us, Katie. Good luck with your book!

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Meet the Characters – Ruby Caselton from ‘A Mother Forever’ by Elaine Everest

My guest this week is author Elaine Everest who is well known for her ‘The Woolworth Girls’ series. Elaine’s latest release is ‘A Mother Forever‘ which traces the early years of Ruby Caselton, who appears in The Woolworth Girls. Elaine is interviewing Ruby today.

1905: Ruby Caselton may only be twenty-five years old but she already has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Heavily pregnant with her second child, penniless and exhausted, she is moving her family into a new home. The Caseltons left their last place when they couldn’t pay the rent, but Ruby’s husband Eddie has promised this will be a fresh start for them all. And Ruby desperately hopes that this time he will keep his word.

With five-year-old George at her feet and her mother having a cross word for everyone and everything, life is never dull at number thirteen Alexandra Road. It doesn’t take long before Eddie loses another job and once again hits the bottle. It’s up to Ruby to hold them all together, through thick and thin. She remembers the kind, caring man Eddie once was and just can’t give up on him entirely. What she doesn’t know is that Eddie has a secret, one so dark that he can’t bear to tell even Ruby . . .

Through Ruby’s grit and determination, she keeps food on the table and finds herself a community of neighbours on Alexandra Road. Stella, the matriarch from across the way, soon becomes a friend and confidante. She even dreams that Ruby will ditch the useless Eddie and take up with her eldest son, Frank. But when war breaks out in 1914, the heartbreaks and losses that follow will fracture their community, driving both Stella and Ruby to breaking point. Will their men ever return to them?

A Mother Forever is the moving story of one woman’s journey through the worst trials of her life – poverty, grief, betrayal – but through it all is the love and comfort she finds in family: the family we’re connected to through blood, but also the family we make for ourselves with neighbours and friends.

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Let’s move onto Elaine’s interview with Ruby:

Today I’m chatting to seventy-year-old Ruby Caselton. It is 1950 and we are looking back to the early years of the century when she moved into number thirteen Alexandra Road in Erith as a young wife and mother. Ruby is still living in the house some forty-five years later.

Welcome Ruby, why did it mean so much for you to move to Erith?

‘Oh, my love, if only you knew what it was like for me before we moved to this town.
My Eddie wasn’t in a steady job at the time, and even with me out cleaning money was hard to come by. A few times we had to pack up and move on and each time we moved it was to a smaller and shabbier home. In the end there was the four of us, my Mum lived with us by then, in two rooms and had to share an outhouse and kitchen. Eddie’s bit of luck in getting hold of number thirteen was a dream come true. I vowed the day we moved in they’d have to carry me out of that house in a box – it hasn’t happened yet.’

What did you love about the town?

‘Crikey, give me a minute to think about that. It’s been a while you know. You know, people complained about the smell from the river, the smog and living close to the docks but I loved it. You wouldn’t know it now but there was a posh side to Erith and the streets were lined with big houses and trees – yes, there were trees everywhere. I wanted my boy, George to grow up in this town rather than Woolwich and Deptford where we’d lived before. There was work opportunities for my Eddie, if only he would get up off his backside an find one, and decent schools for my boy. I could spend all day looking in the many shop windows and looking was all it was as I didn’t have two spare farthings to rub together, we were that broke once I’d scraped the money together for the rent.’

Was it easy to make friends with your new neighbours?

‘Oh yes, the folk in Alexandra Road are lovely, well apart from the old girl next door. She took an instant dislike to me. Call herself a church goer? I’d best stop right now or I’ll say something uncharitable! All my life I’ve been blessed with decent neighbours. Do anything for you they would, apart from you know who that is. One even saved my life…’

So much happens in the time we follow you from 1905 to 1924 however did you cope?

‘You got to haven’t you. No one else will help you in this life. I always say we women have to cope with what life throws at us. Women are the heart of any family and have to carry on. When I look back at that time, I do wonder how we managed what with the war and everything else. It a good job I didn’t know what life was going to throw at me ha ha!’

You have to keep secrets from your good friends. Was that hard?

‘I had no choice. It broke my heart to not be able to share what was happening in my life with Stella, my closest friend from over the road. In the end it caused all kinds of trouble. Night on broke my heart.’

Can you see yourself ever moving away from your home in Erith?
‘Well, I haven’t yet, but who knows? It’s a latge house for just me and the old man to rattle about in, but I get to see my big family all the time and can always offer a bed to someone in need.’

What about the future, Ruby?

‘Now you’re asking me! Well, I’ve got a big birthday on the horizon and know I’ll get spoilt rotten by my loved ones. Beyond that I don’t know, although I’d like a trip to Margate down on the coast and dip my toes in the sea, it’s a rare treat to be able to do that. Along with a plate of cockles walking along the prom, and a fish and chip supper I’ll enjoy a few hours in Dreamland then come home on the charabanc as happy as Larry.’

Thank you for answering my questions, Ruby

‘Thank you, my love. Have you got time for another cup of tea and a slice of bread pudding? I’ll put the kettle on.’


“A warm, tender tale of friendship” Milly Johnson

“Warm characters and moving tales” Sunday Express

“A charming, warm-hearted read” Take A Break

“Heart-warming… a must-read” Woman’s Own
“A lovely read” Bella

I’ve just read this book and highly recommend it. You can read my review on The Books I’ve Read and Loved in 2021 page of this blog.


About Elaine:

Elaine hails from North West Kent and grew up listening to stories of the war years in her hometown of Erith, which features in her bestselling Woolworths Girls series. A former journalist, author of non-fiction books for dog owners, and qualified creative writing tutor. Elaine has written well over one hundred short stories for the women’s magazine market. When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent.

Elaine is currently published by Pan Macmillan for her Sunday Times Bestselling historical sagas including The Woolworths Girls series and The Teashop Girls series and is represented by Caroline Sheldon at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. She lives with her husband, Michael and Polish Lowland Sheepdog Henry.

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We’re returning to Port Medden, the little Cornish town where my bestselling The Cornish Hotel by the Sea is set. Don’t miss One Summer in Cornwall. Preorder now: Amazon

Meet the Characters – Louise Fauriel, heroine of ‘The Rake and his Honour’ by Beth Elliot

I’m delighted to welcome historical romance author Beth Elliot to my blog today. Beth is interviewing her heroine, Louise Fauriel, from her lastest novel, The Rake and his Honour.


In the summer of 1813 Napoleon’s power is crumbling. Brave Louise Fauriel, from a family of Huguenots in Soho, and charming rake Arnaut de Montailhac, son of a marquis loyal to the French king living in exile in England, are involved in smuggling letters that can change the course of France’s future. Travelling between the Pyrenees, London and Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire, the unlikely pair are followed at every step by Napoleon’s fearsome secret agents. Enduring narrow escapes and last-minute rescues, Arnaut and Louise grow close, but in the desperate race to succeed in their mission, how can a rake find time for love? And Louise questions whether she will ever get what her heart truly desires.

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It sounds a lovely story, doesn’t it? Let’s move on to the interview between Beth and Louise

 Good evening, Louise. I fear I’ve caught you at a bad moment.

Indeed, I have an urgent quest to carry out tonight,and beyond that, a huge personal dilemma to resolve. As for bad moments, there have been many. But tonight is truly the worst moment of all. The man I love is lying in the room behind me, too gravely wounded to complete his task and distraught at the idea of failure. For his sake I must succeed. This mission will change the future for most of Europe.

  How did you get involved in such an important matter?     

In the spring King Louis received reports that Napoleon’s grip on power was slipping. This was Louis’s opportunity to reclaim his throne if he could rally enough support in France. He asked me to make contact with his allies in the south-west. I should explain that we are a French speaking Huguenot family, and work as fine silversmiths in Soho. We get commissions from the French Royal Court in exile at Hartwell House. My grandfather secretly passes information between the King and his royalist agents. That’s why King Louis knew he could trust me to be his messenger.

  He expected a young woman to travel alone to an enemy land on a dangerous errand?

 ‘It will be simply taking a letter and bringing back a reply,’ he told me. How could I refuse the King? Besides, it was a wonderful opportunity to escape from my dull and restricted life in Soho and see a bit of France – the land Grandfather came from as a small boy.

The boat journey went well and then, as it was a very mountainous region, the only way to travel was on horseback. I used to ride as a girl, so that was a treat for me – until two of Napoleon’s agents pursued me. I barely escaped with my life. And that was when I met Arnaut. I thought it very odd to find someone who was obviously an aristocrat living in a cavern.

  Was this Arnaut your contact? 

 No, he was hiding there for reasons of his own. He was definitely a rake with far too much charm, but he saved me from Napoleon’s spies and directed me to my rendezvous with the marquis. My return journey was uneventful. I took the reply to King Louis. That seemed to be the end of my role.

  And was it?

Hah! Once powerful people with great ambitions start to use you, it never ends. I had just disciplined myself to accept my normal, humdrum existence again, when Arnaut appeared in our boutique. He had a message from the marquis and needed an introduction to King Louis. Grandfather was unwell so I was obliged to accompany Arnaut to Hartwell House to vouch for him. You understand, Napoleon has spies even among King Louis’s courtiers.

On our journey I was attracted by Arnaut’s warm and lively personality and – well, I had to constantly remind myself we were simply partners in a mission, and hide my feelings.

After much wrangling and delay, Arnaut obtained the vital letter of consent from the king, and we set off to return to London. I could see how important it was to him to achieve this. In spite of his handsome face and charm, he was desperate to accomplish something worthwhile. 

But unfortunately, those two agents were close behind us. They kidnapped me and Arnaut was forced to surrender his precious letter in order to obtain my release.

  So Napoleon would learn of King Louis’s plans from this letter? 

Louise  I’ll pass over much of our adventures until we returned to France and reached this safe house. It turned out there was a second letter, and we’ve brought it all this way. Earlier today Napoleon’s agents ambushed us. Arnaut is badly wounded, so now it’s up to me to somehow get past that agent and his helpers, and deliver the letter. All this drama and violence for a piece of paper. But it will change the course of history – if I succeed in getting through.

  And after that, will you return to Soho?

Louise  No, I was never happy there. Besides, Grandfather has always wanted to return to France. This is a Protestant area, so he can live here safely and in accordance with his beliefs. The problem is that Grandfather dreams of seeing me marry Arnaut. He insists he knows we’re in love.  [She sighs ] He refuses to understand we can’t have any further relationship once this adventure is over.

  But after travelling with Arnaut for weeks, surely you are now compromised?

 After facing so many dangers together, we have become close, – attached, even. But we cannot have a future together. His world is very different from mine. His mother is a princess. No doubt his family has plans for his future. [she blinks rapidly] I’ll always treasure the memory of the adventures we’ve shared. And now, for his sake, it’s urgent for me to set off and fulfil this last part of our quest.

Thank you, brave Louise. May you win through and deliver that important piece of paper safely. And, whatever the obstacles, keep hoping you’ll find happiness.

What readers said about ‘The Rake and his Honour’

5*  Good escapism

  Oh this was super! There was lots going on and it got a bit tense at times, but overall it was a lovely way to spend a few hours – good escapism, which is exactly what we all need just now. I liked the two central characters and I now want to spend some time with an atlas following all the journeys they made. Deborah

5*  A very enjoyable adventure and love story combined 

“Messages passed between nobles in France and England, spies bent on killing and maiming the messengers – a widow and a rake, gutsy chances that pay off despite serious injuries, and love that surmounts difference in status, this is a very enjoyable adventure and love story combined.”  KF Andersen

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Beth Elliott’s childhood was spent either on the pancake-flat Lancashire plain [school] or in the green hills of wild Mid-Wales [holidays]. Her Welsh relatives were all musical but Beth never could sing a note. Her gift was for the spoken word, making up stories and acting them out with her friends. At school, she wrote long essays about travelling and adventures, based on the novels she devoured from the local library. After discovering Jane Austen, her favourite time and place became the long Regency era.

With her Turkish husband she travelled widely but in time their teaching careers led to them settling in the Thames Valley.

For relaxation, Beth always kept a pile of well-thumbed Georgette Heyer novels by her bed. Eventually, as there would be no more Heyer tales to come, Beth consoled herself by writing a story set in that period. The wit and flair of Georgette Heyer could not be imitated but she needed a new story, a comfort read, laced with adventure, glamour, and featuring handsome young bloods and elegant ladies.

One story led to others, especially as the Napoleonic era provides plot opportunities in plenty and dashing characters [real and imaginary] galore. And thanks to all that travelling, and life in Turkey, some of her tales feature exotic settings and events. According to one reviewer, her novels are “full of enjoyable moments”.

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Meet the Characters – Flora Stewart from The Garden of Little Rose by Suzanne Snow

This week we’re meeting garden historian Flora Stewart from The Garden of Little Rose by Suzanne Snow. This is the second book in the Welcome to Thorndale series published by Canelo.

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

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For love to grow, Flora will have to first dig up the past.

At a hen party on the remote Scottish island of Alana, Flora is dared to ask a handsome stranger to be her plus-one for the wedding. When the gorgeous Mac accepts her invite, she assumes he’s joking and thinks nothing more of it… Until he turns up at the church on the wedding day.

But Mac has an agenda. He wants to hire her skills as a horticulturist to restore the gardens at Róisín House, his home back on Alana. Flora knows she should refuse – Mac has ‘heartbreaker’ written all over him – but she can’t resist uncovering the tragic truth behind the garden at Róisín.

A heart-warming village love story for fans of Julie Houston, Victoria Walters and Trisha Ashley.


Now let’s move onto Suzanne’s interview with Flora

Hi Flora, thank you for chatting with us today. How are you?

F: It’s a pleasure, I’m really well thank you.

Can you tell us about your role on the Middlebrook estate? It sounds a wonderful place to work.

F: It really is! For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s a Georgian estate that belongs to the Garden Heritage Trust and I’m one of two assistant Head Gardeners. I joined the trust two years ago after working in private gardens. We’re still restoring the gardens and are halfway through a five-year plan.

What is it you love about your job?

F: Working outside is a major plus, and you learn to layer up and appreciate the best of the weather when you’re working outside in the worst of it. We have two apprentices alongside us and I love seeing their knowledge develop, as well as encouraging our brilliant team of volunteers. I also appreciate having the opportunity to care for gardens that were created many years ago, trying to balance their history whilst planning their futures.

Would you say that being in a garden, or having access to one, perhaps as a volunteer, is a good thing?

F: Without a doubt. There are lots of studies about the benefits of this. Working or being in a garden or green space can improve mental health, social isolation and general wellbeing. And it really doesn’t have to be a garden. Growing plants in pots in a tiny space, or having houseplants, is just as rewarding. We often have young people from schools visiting us and I love taking them around the garden. I like to think that maybe some of them will be inspired enough to consider horticulture as a career, it’s so fulfilling.

How wonderful. As a garden historian, is there a garden you’d really love to work on?

F: That’s a good question! I’m heading up to a Scottish island very soon to explore a private Arts & Crafts garden that’s been abandoned for over fifty years. On the surface it looks absolutely wild but there’s definitely a story there waiting to be discovered.

Ooh, that sounds exciting! What is it that you like about Arts & Crafts gardens?

F: I really appreciate how these designers used materials as natural to the gardens as possible and created a structure which they would soften with abundant and natural planting styles. There’s a sense of order there, but one that’s at home with nature and I love that.

Do you have any favourite plants, Flora?

F: Oh, that’s a hard one! There are so many I love, hardy geraniums and hydrangeas being two of them. If you absolutely pushed me I’d say every garden is prettier with sweet peas in it. They’re just so beautiful and rewarding, they flower for ages, smell amazing and look stunning. Growing them from seed is one of my favourite things to do.

And how do you like to relax, Flora?

F: Would it be wrong to say in a garden! I love walking, reading and seeing friends. Theatre and cinema when I can. But even though my work has it challenges, just like every other job, there’s nothing quite like being in a garden to appreciate nature through the seasons.

What reviewers are saying:

***** Oh my word, a totally captivating and uplifting story. This book grabbed me in from the first page and I was completely hooked. Beautiful descriptions of the locations and gardens, wonderful characters and friendships, this book will certainly test your emotions. A wonderfully written story.

***** I love this book. A wonderful story of three friends who go away for a luxury weekend to celebrate a hen party. However they all have a wicked streak and dare each other to do different things. Floras dare is to ask the first guy into the bar to be her plus one at the wedding. Never in a million years does she expect him to say yes. You need to read the book to see what happens to Mac, Flora and the introduction of Tamsin. Funny, heartbreaking, uplifting and love excellent.

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Thank you for talking to us today, Flora, we’ve loved hearing more about your work. Good luck with the Scottish garden, it sounds amazing.

F: Thank you for having me, it’s been really fun. I’ll let you know it goes on the island!


Suzanne writes contemporary, romantic and uplifting fiction with a strong sense of setting and community connecting the lives of her characters. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found in a garden or looking to the landscape around her for inspiration.  

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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Suzanne. Wishing you many sales.

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Meet the Characters – Olivia Rockwell from Her Perfect Bones by Ellery Kane

A warm welcome to author Ellery Kane,who is interviewing Olivia Rockwell, the main character from her crime thriller, Her Perfect Bones. Let’s find out a bit about the book first.


The girl’s body is curled up like a shell and almost completely buried in sand. Only her fingertips can be seen, reaching helplessly up towards an escape she will never find…

Seventeen-year-old Shelby Mayfield sits alone on a bus to Fog Harbor, California. Aside from a few items of clothing, all she has with her is twenty-two dollars, the ragdoll she’s kept since kindergarten, and the devastating secret she’s been hiding.

How long will it be before her family realizes she’s gone?

Can anyone see the fresh bruise on her cheek beneath the makeup?

Perhaps she was a fool to believe the person she is meeting in this remote little town could help her…

When a girl’s body is found hidden in a barrel in a woodland cabin, the local police are at a loss. The film from an old camera found looped around her neck is their only lead, but Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell’s blood turns to ice when she recognizes the ragdoll in one of the girl’s last photographs. She used to own one just like it, and it can only mean one thing: if she doesn’t dig deep into the mind of a deadly killer from her past—her own father—more innocent lives will be in danger…

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Now let’s move on to Ellery’s interview with Olivia:

In between bites of her Number #5, Olivia opened the email from the Fog Harbor Gazette, careful not to drip the Hickory Pit’s famous barbecue sauce onto the keyboard of her laptop. A local reporter had been hounding her for weeks now, eager to profile her as part of their “Local Heroes” feature. Olivia had no desire to spill her guts in such a public forum. As a psychologist, she preferred to be the one asking the questions. And she certainly wouldn’t call herself a hero. Most days, she struggled to tell the good guys from the bad. But, there was something appealing about the idea of one-upping wise guy detective, Will Decker. Newly determined, the corner of Olivia’s mouth turned up as she perused the reporter’s questions.

Tell us about yourself. Olivia could handle a softball like that. The kind of open-ended query she posed to her inmate patients. She wiped her hands and began to type. Olivia Rockwell, age thirty five, Chief Psychologist at Crescent Bay State Prison. I grew up in Fog Harbor and graduated from Fog Harbor High. Go Sharks! They didn’t need to know she’d spent the first eight years of her life in the seedy Double Rock Projects, where her father, Mad Dog, called the shots for the Oaktown Boys street gang. Or that he’d served time for murder. I moved back to the area a few years ago. Though life in San Francisco was exciting, I missed the sound of the ocean, the smell of the redwoods, and the charm of our small town.

How did you become a forensic psychologist? After four years of grad school, an internship at Jail Psychiatric Services in San Francisco, and a dissertation on the demographic predictors of street gang membership, I earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University. For several years, I taught a popular course in criminal psychology there. Later, I received a Special Commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigations for my work as a criminal profiler. Too much. Olivia deleted that last line, not wanting to sound like a know-it-all. She reread her answer, unsatisfied. She suspected they wanted something a bit less academic. My goal has always beento understand why good people do bad things.

What is it like to work in a prison? Tricky question. Though the prison setting can be dangerous, it is much like a small community, where inmates live and work. I spend my days in the Mental Health Unit providing treatment to mentally ill inmates and supervising interns and staff. Total sugar-coated B.S. but best to keep it politically correct, knowing Warden Blevins would certainly see her response. She didn’t trust that guy as far as she could throw him. Turns out the criminals aren’t the only criminals in the joint.

Tell us about your partnership with the Fog Harbor Police Department. Olivia paused to take a swig of cold beer, contemplating her answer. After helping to solve a serial murder, Chief Flack invited me to join the department as a consulting psychologist. I assist the homicide detectives on their most challenging cases. She omitted the nitty gritty details of going toe-to-toe with Detective Decker. They rarely saw eye to eye. But, together they’d managed to catch a few bad guys. We make a great team!

What interests do you have outside of work? Running keeps me sane. There’s a trail behind my house that leads to the Little Gull Lighthouse. Even if it was haunted by the ghosts of the past, that lighthouse was where Olivia did her best thinking. Lately, I’ve taken up boxing. Because sometimes she just needed to hit something.

Who is your hero? My little sister, Emily. After going through a rough year, she’s following her dreams and attending art school in San Francisco. Olivia hated to think how close she’d come to losing her sister. No matter how much she loved her job, she couldn’t stand that it put a target on her back and on those closest to her. Thankfully, Em was a fighter just like her.

If you weren’t a psychologist, what job would you be doing? Tough one. Though she had enjoyed her time as a professor at Stanford, Olivia couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She pictured Detective Decker reading her answers, conjured his face. Stubbled, brooding, infuriating…okay, handsome. She couldn’t resist a good natured jab. A detective, she typed.

Meet Ellery

Short bio:

Forensic psychologist by day, author by night, Ellery Kane has been writing professionally and creatively for as long as she can remember. Real life really is stranger than fiction, so Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Before writing the Rockwell and Decker series with Bookouture, Ellery published the Legacy series for young adult readers and the Doctors of Darkness series of psychological thrillers. She was previously selected as one of ten semi-finalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition. A Texan at heart, Ellery currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Thanks so much for dropping by to talk to us, Ellery. Wishing you many sales!

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Meet The Characters – Hannah Weybridge from Perdition’s Child by Anne Coates

This week we’re meeting Hannah Weybridge from Perdition’s Child by Anna Coates. This is the fourth in the Hannah Weybridge detective series. Let’s take a look at the cover and blurb then we’ll move onto the interview.

Dulwich library is the scene of a ‘suspicious death’, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn’t convinced. She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children – now adults ­– returned? Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own – what is Lucy’s link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?


Now let’s move onto Anne’s interview with Hannah Weybridge

Hi Hannah it’s good to meet up with you. How are you?

H: I’m fine, thank you but I must say I don’t feel comfortable with this. I prefer to be the one asking the questions. But fire away.

You’ve gained quite a reputation as an investigative journalist. How did that come about?

H: I’d been a freelance journalist for some time then I was in the right place at the right time I suppose. I was commissioned by The News to interview a prostitute and a police officer to tie in with a TV documentary. I discovered that several sex workers had gone missing only to be found dead some time later.  That led to uncovering a horrible vice ring involving a lot of well known, high profile men. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sounds fascinating but do you think being a single mum has affected your career or influences your actions?

H: That’s an interesting question. I think the answer is twofold. People tend to underestimate women anyway and if you have a young child they think your brain doesn’t function properly. Plus they think you aren’t fully committed to your work. People underestimate me, which means they make mistakes. From my point of view, I’ve found having a baby has concentrated my mind. I have to earn a living and I’m focused on that so we can have a good life together.

Does that mean the father isn’t involved?

H: I’ll pass on that question, thank you.

You’ve found yourself in some pretty scary situations. Do you think you should have exposed yourself like that when you have are the sole carer for your child?

H: Would you have asked me that question if I were a man? No of course you wouldn’t. I would never deliberately put myself in harm’s way but with the stories I’ve been investigating – like the death of prostitutes my first big exposé – you do sometimes find yourself in some pretty hairy situations and I’ve met some nasty, vicious people. My motivation is always to make sure victims get the justice they deserve and sometimes that does put me at risk. I don’t do that lightly.

Don’t you get scared?

H: Oh my goodness, yes I do but it’s usually after the event. At the time, my anger usually gives me an adrenaline rush, which carries me through. Afterwards the terror sets in but not for too long. Having a child keeps me grounded.

Really? I got the impression you carried a lot of baggage. And your house security is… what shall we say? Like Fort Knox?

H: I can’t discuss that as I had to sign the Official Secrets Act.

Okay. I notice that you have a good relationship with certain police officers. Does this give you an advantage over your newspaper’s competitors?

H: I have a good working relationship with the police and we sometimes share information. They have also saved me from a few extremely awkward situations. I assume other journalists have their own contacts. Journalists, as you well know, never divulge their sources.

So it seems! Okay, so how do you wind down?

H: A glass or two of Chablis helps! Plus I love Indian food. My local, Dulwich Tandoori, is fabulous. I don’t often eat in the restaurant as I’d have to arrange a babysitter but their takeaways are a good substitute.

That’s good to hear. I think I can hear your daughter in the background so I’ll leave you to get on with your afternoon. Thank you for your time Hannah.

H: You’re welcome.

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Meet Anne


As a journalist, Anne interviewed all types of people and some of their situations made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… The Hannah Weybridge series currently consists of four books, all published by Urbane Publications: ‘Dancers in the Wind’ (2016), ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ (2017), and ‘Songs of Innocence’ (2018) and ‘Perdition’s Child’ (2020). Anne is currently working on the fifth book as well as a standalone psychological thriller.She lives in London with three unimpressed cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.

Some 5 star Amazon reviews:

“Tightly plotted, carefully researched and superbly narrated, Perdition’s Child is a worthy addition, not only to Anne Coates’s page-turning series, but to the British crime fiction library as a whole.”

“A fantastically dark, beautifully written book that had me utterly gripped. Compulsive reading.” 

“Best book I’ve read this year! If you like a fast paced crime story, you’ll love this.” 

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