Monday, 23 March 2015

Two five star reviews for The Other Place

Another two five star reviews for The Other Place!

Chrissie James is a troubled soul; with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help from a hypnotherapist and discovers she has led a past life. Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her? The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Dancing with Spirits

I was lucky to catch this scene this morning. The sun was burning the mist off the fields.
This particular field is where the ancient cave is situated. The story attached to the cave inspired me to write my first novel Dancing with Spirits.


The entrance to the ancient cave that inspired my book.

Dancing with Spirits is available from Amazon Kindle click below.
About Dancing with Spirits
A love story that spans the centuries. The story begins prehistory at a settlement in Rugeley, Cannock Chase. A young girl, Elvaennia, goes in search of her missing lover. By a freak accident she finds herself in the 21st Century, and quickly discovers her 'lost love' has also time travelled to this century. Determined to find him, she sets out on a journey that leads her to discover that her family back at the settlement face great danger, and she determines to help them. This in turn leads her into the celebrity limelight. She realises that tough decisions will have to be made. Will the temptations of the 21st Century prove too much for Elvaennia and Deimuiss, or will the old ways and values lead them back to the settlement?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A Suitable Young Man - My favourite book of 2015!



A nostalgic tale of family, friendship, love, loyalty and loss set in a Lancashire mill town in the 1950s. One dark December night, Kathy Armstrong is rescued from two thugs by Nick Roberts, whom she’d known as a schoolgirl. But Nick is a Teddy boy, hell-bent on having a good time in the pubs and dance halls of the era. Shortly after, she meets accountant John Talbot at a party and is captivated by his middle-class charm. To the background of the new rock and roll, a mounting crisis over the Suez Canal, family and personal crises, Kathy struggles with a wayward attraction to Nick and her incubating love for John. But which one is ‘The Suitable Young Man?’

I really enjoyed reading this excellent, well-written book. It's a real page turner. The author has certainly done her research.

 Bittersweet Flight

The sequel to this brilliant book will be published on Amazon Kindle Tuesday  28th March 2016
It will be in paperback at a later date. I'm so looking forward to reading it. Anne is an excellent author.

When love and life take different paths…

It’s 1956 and Sally Simcox is a girl in trouble, at a time when having an illegitimate child is considered shameful. The father, Nick Roberts, had offered to marry her but, knowing he was in love with someone else, she’d told him she’d had a miscarriage.

Sally has fled to the anonymity of Blackpool, not knowing what she’s going to do there or how she will cope with her situation. On the day of her arrival in Blackpool, she meets a young RAF serviceman. He seems familiar and it isn’t long before Sally realises that he’s the last person she needs to meet for he is Nick’s younger brother, Phil. And he has no idea who she is. Yet it seems that their paths are destined to cross.

And for Joyce Roberts, trouble is brewing in the form of Sally’s brother, Jud.

Monday, 9 March 2015

What inspired me to write The Other Place Plus video introduction

For many years, I suffered from claustrophobia that affected my life in many ways. I disliked being in a room without a window being open or the door being slightly ajar. Lifts were out; I would walk up a thousand steps rather than travel in one The fear of being trapped was very real.
Over the years my fear grew, and after being involved in a car accident my fears increased. I found travelling in a car became frightening unless I had a window open. Travelling by public transport became a huge no. I could not open a window or a door due to automatic locking systems.
I remember once when we were out and about my husband popped into a shop while I waited in the car. For some reason he forgot and locked the car from a distance. I nearly passed out and had a panic attack. How embarrassing it is living with this phobia.
If we booked theatre tickets or went to the cinema, I always had to sit near an exit and at the end of the row. If not I didn't go. There were many places over years that I stopped visiting. It was easier to refuse invitations than admit to my phobia. The feeling of being trapped is very real to people who suffer from claustrophobia. 
One night I was thinking about writing another book when I thought why not write about a girl who suffers from claustrophobia. Suddenly Chrissie and Babs came into my mind, followed by the rest of their family.
The story more or less wrote itself; Chrissie suffered from claustrophobia because of something that happened to her when she was a child. Chrissie's story in no way reflects my story. Her story is a world away from my life. My phobia was the stepping stone into her life.
I found it helped me to write Chrissie's story. Helpful because I began to understand more about claustrophobia. I was truly amazed at just how many people suffer from it, and I discovered there is a lot of help for sufferers. 

Available from Amazon Kindle and in paperback
Short video introduction



About The Other Place
Number 1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller (Supernatural and Reincarnation Category)

Chrissie James is a troubled soul: with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help with a hypnotherapist. Whilst in therapy, Chrissie discovers she has led a past life.
Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her?
The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.

A few reader comments
The most recent being today from Ali Cooper via Facebook - 9th March 2015
  • A lovely book. I'm glad I put it aside (although I effectively read most of it twice) and restarted it from the beginning when I had the time to enjoy it properly. It's easy and compelling to read but the story is deceptively complex and it's well worth scheduling it for when you can really concentrate and get into it.
Misty Blue
This book is well worth a look for the sheer originality and compassion the author shows in her writing and in her characters.

S Douthwaite
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I felt drawn in and invited into a lovely story with emotional twists, supernatural wonder and family values. I love the way the author cleverly dips the characters in and out a past life. The story really flows. I found this an unusual plot and very good, especially the ending. The Other Place is a very special place. 

The Other Place is available from Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

A few things nobody knows about me.

Here's a few things I dislike.
It's best to get the negatives out of the way first.
People who make false promises. By this I mean people who promise to do something for you and 'forget'. 'Sure,' I hear you say, 'people can forget,' Yes, I know they can and do. But you get to know the ones who frequently promise to do something for you and don't. You quickly realise that they rarely if ever follow through on their promises.
I dislike mushrooms. Fatty food is not for me. Spicy food leaves me cold, actually it makes me ill. I can't touch it..
The smell that wafts out of pubs makes me feel ill. Not that I have anything against pubs at all. They're great places for people to meet and socialise. I worked in a pub years ago, the smell never bothered me then. I find it strange that I now have to rush past them.
People who let their dogs run wild and refuse to put them on a lead when you're out walking. In particular when there are signs saying, 'Keep you dogs on a lead at all times'. I've seen people stand next to the sign and release their dogs. I can't believe there are that many illiterate people around.

Things I like.
Walking in the woods at twilight, this can be a magical time. Particularly when you leave the woods behind and see the sun slipping away for the night.
Seeing the first signs of spring. The first snowdrop, crocus, daffodil. I've seen all these, and this morning I saw the first butterfly of the year - it was an adult yellow Brimstone, and I was also fortunate this morning to see the first bee, and frog of the year. The frog was crossing the path we were walking along. We made certain he reached the other side of the road safely. 

Good news. We don't get enough of it lately so when we see or hear any it's great.
Meeting up with an old friend. This happened to me this week and it was lovely to catch up.

Reading a good book. 

I'm not keen on watching the television - apart from Time Team. I do enjoy watching this series. It's so interesting to see what they dig up.

One of my favourite singers is Rod Stewart his recent album is one of his best. I also admire Abba, Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy. Lionel Richie and Neil Diamond are great singers as well.

It's the small things in life that give us the greatest happiness. Not materialistic things.
A hug, a cuddle, a peck on the cheek. Someone who makes you feel wanted without asking anything in return, is a true friend. These things are so important and add so much to the quality of our lives. 

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A Haunted Past Life (Jen's Story)

Available from Amazon Kindle and in paperback

Jen’s unhappy life changes forever when she finds herself leading a past life in the 1960s. 
She is astonished to discover she is happily married, with a husband and an eight year old daughter. 
Jen is suddenly torn from her only daughter and taken back to 1965. Could this be a past life? Is she dreaming? 
Trapped and confused, Jen tries to unravel her tormented emotions with newly discovered relationships, living and dead. 
Jen is haunted by these two lives but has her spirit guides to reassure her. She needs to make an important decision - Should she stay or should Jen find her way back home again? But how can she possibly leave if she has fallen in love?