A Willow Valley Historical Romance by Linda Weaver Clarke

A Willow Valley Historical Romance

Angel’s Serenade is a Historical Romance with a mystery to solve. This story is set in 1836 in the United States. You will learn about the infamous River Pirates, the remedies for illnesses of that time period, the effects that music has on a person, and you will fall in love all over again.

Emmeline Scott is raising her sister’s two children and is surprised when she finds out the new doctor in town is helping her nephew adapt to his surroundings. As Emmeline gets to know the charming doctor, they become intrigued by her neighbor’s mysterious behavior. Will they discover his secret? And who is the leader of the River Pirates, who is causing so much havoc?

“This book, combining children, doctors and music with a little bit of a mysterious pirate gang, is a lovely way to relax and enjoy positivity! Ms. Clarke has a gift for writing homey dialogue, and a deep understanding of children’s needs and feelings – all combined into a developing love story in the not-so-long-ago past. All of this results in an enjoyable read.” –Author Sherrill Cannon

When Emmeline is given the responsibility of raising her sister’s children, she finds out that it is not as easy as she thought. The children have a difficult time adapting to their new surroundings. Would giving them an education and all her love be enough? After her nephew meets the good doctor, Emmeline wonders why Sam is so drawn to him? When Doctor Lucas Golden finds out that he’s being picked on at school, he wants to help young Sam but his advice is unusual and Emmeline is not happy about his interference.

“Clarke has created a sweet romance that will warm the heart, and it’s wrapped up in fascinating yesteryear details of courting, medical practice and river pirates. I highly recommend the book to those who enjoy sweet romance with a bit of mystery.” –Author Gail Pallotta

Emmeline Scott is an accomplished pianist and teaches piano to young students. Every day at five o’clock, after her last student is gone, she sits down at the piano and plays her favorite pieces. Unbeknown to Emmeline, the new doctor across the street sits outside on his porch and listens to her play. Lucas closes his practice at 5:00 and looks forward to being serenaded. It relaxes him after a long day at work. They haven’t been introduced, but he has dubbed her “Angel Lady” because of her music.

How about the mystery surrounding this story? Emmeline is worried about her neighbor. Why is Mr. Miller acting suspicious and meeting with disagreeable men in private? Is her neighbor harboring a secret, which may prevent him from winning the election? Is it possible that Emmeline can help or is it best to not get involved?

The first book in the Willow Valley Historical Romances is One Last Dance. In this story, Felicity Brooks is an artist but her career is cut short when her father passes away. When Felicity meets their new neighbor, a fine-looking bachelor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. But that is not all. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom…a precious treasure that her father had discovered in his attic, her life takes a new turn.

One Last Dance is a historical romance with a mystery to add to the tale. Felicity has always been a strong and independent woman. Amongst mystery, loss, paintings, and a career, she is going to have to decide if love has a place in her heart.” –Author Anna Del C Dye


Author Bio:

I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now live among the red hills of southern Utah. I am the author of Historical Romance, Mystery Suspense, Cozy Mysteries, Swashbuckling/Adventure Romance, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. I teach a class that is free to the public about writing your family history and having it published for your family. I am also a missionary at the Family Search Center where I help people find their ancestors and learn about their heritage.

Linda’s Website: www.lindaweaverclarke.com

Angel’s Serenade is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Serenade-Willow-Historical-Romance-ebook/dp/B07RV79LDN

One Last Dance is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Willow-Valley-Historical-Romance-ebook/dp/B07GVNWSP9

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The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing Is On Author Shout Cover War This Week (Come and vote)

The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing Is On

Author Shout Cover War This Week (Come and vote)

Hello, my lovely blog readers and fellow authors. I hope you’re all well. This week my latest release The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing is one of a few covers featured in the poll on the Author Shout Cover War. It’s a site that features your book cover for a week with other covers and people vote on the covers until the end of the week. The winner gets some promotional space on their site. If you’ve read my book or like the cover, please pop over to the site everyday this week and vote. I will put the link below for anyone who wishes to check out the site or vote for a cover they like.

I’ve always worked very hard on my books and as an author always love the support of my readers, friend and family. I entered The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing into cover wars because it was a cover made purely on my vision of my story. It was drawn by an artist and then coloured and made just right. This cover always felt to me like it starts telling my story before even opening the book.  I entered because I felt the cover was not just a pretty design but an integral part of my novel and I’m hoping that it shines through this week. So, thank you all who votes this week and best of luck to all the covers in the poll.

Here is a snippet from Chapter 1: The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing.

“Why is there no horses to pull this thing?” I asked.

“Ma’am, we use a different kind of power, ye get to know all about it, I’m sure,” said Quirin.

I looked out of the window at the dry open land, wondering what question to ask next. There were no buildings or people lurking, just dark spaces. The huge lamp shades shed a little light over the yellowing grass and leafless trees. I couldn’t hear any birds chirping either, just the slow breathing of Quirin. I started to wonder if there were people living here? I turned back to Quirin, who had his eyes on me like he was waiting for me to say something.

“Tell me, are we going to find Bill dead?” I asked.

“Ma’am, no, he’s just waitin’, I’m thinkin’ he got himself in trouble. Tomorrow first thing, we’ll go see. Ye must be scared, after all we don’t get many lasses findin’ themselves in that place. I’m guessin’ you have a creature of new beginnings with ye. Or Cole wouldn’t have been a touchin’ ye,” rambled Quirin.

“What do you know about these creatures?” I asked. However, before he answered me the cart came to a stop, throwing me forwards in my seat.

“Ma’am, ye alright?” asked Quirin.

I nodded, too breathless to speak while Quirin climbed out of the cart. I did the same and followed him into the darkness towards a woman curled up on the ground. Quirin bent down and shook his head. He laid a hand on her flushed skin as she began to groan and kick her legs making her colourful dress flap about.

“It’s alright, I’m Dr Quirin, goin’ to take ye to my house, ye’ll be right in no time,” he coaxed and the woman stopped moving. He stood up and pulled out his gun. Was he going to shoot her? I gulped in air as he moved from her and looked up the street and then back towards me. He hooked his gun on his little finger and lifted the woman into his strong arms. He marched back to his cart, flustered and seemingly in a hurry as he laid her across the backseat and he slammed the door. I got back into my seat, followed by Quirin, and he brought the cart to life once more.

“What’s wrong with the woman?” I asked.

Quirin shook his head at me, like he was having a battle with his own mind, as he laid his gun on his lap.

“Ma’am, I’ll not know til we get her back to mine,” he said and stared straight ahead with a worried look on his face.

I looked at the woman; her face was screwed up and her hands clenched at her sides. I heard a sound coming from her and I tried to lean over to her to hear what she was trying to say, but her voice died away and I turned back towards Quirin. However, he didn’t seem as if he had heard her and just then the cart came to a bumpy stop.

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My Review of Tethered by Zenia Platten.

My Review of

Tethered by Zenia Platten.

Tethered by Zenia Platten made me shudder and want me to keep reading at the same time. I thought the idea of a magical war with monsters and evil creating what they call their puppets was really interesting and easy to imagine. I also like that the chapters were of a good length to be able to read in the evening and put down reluctantly until I start reading again.

The story itself is about Roberta as she tried to protect her world from evil forces. However, Roberta and her friends are not ready to fight the monster about to come to their land. Amidst the fear and planning of a war full of monsters and mystical beings, Roberta has a personal goal to find the person she loves and discover if he’s still on the side of good or not. Will the war result in the destruction of Roberta’s world and those who fight beside her? Or does the monster not stand a chance in her world? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

One of my favorite characters was Angel. He had a nice energy about him throughout the story and was a very well-rounded character and as a reader I wanted him to survive against the monsters. I thought it was emotional at the end when Roberta was thinking of Angel.

I thought the author did a fantastic job of creating an emotional and magical atmosphere throughout the story and really created a way for readers to feel the emotions of all her characters before and during the war. She also does a great job of keeping readers guessing until the very end.

I loved this book as it had excitement, magic, monster and lots of emotions. I think this made me able to connect to the story very quickly and immerse myself into the story world. I would highly recommend this book particularly if you like stories with magical beings and a war between thoughtful characters and ruthless monsters.

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For Love. Meeting Kshitij’s Parents

For Love.

Meeting Kshitij’s Parents.

Love is a magical feeling, especially when you find that person who becomes the other side of your heart. My boyfriend Kshitij is just that the other side of my heart, he lights up my day and has made four years of my life the most magical and loving it has ever felt.

On the 4th and 5th of May, I got to meet his beautiful and kind parents Alka and Gautam and his brother Vardhan, who I’d met last year. Meeting Gautam and Alka was lovely; they had come from India to the UK to stay with Vardhan and decided to visit me at my home. I loved getting to know them and how they found their journey to the many places they had visited.

Alka and Gautam made me feel very cared about and spoiled me a lot on their visit. I loved their calming and happy energy as we had tea and cake and Holly, my cat got to know them and enjoyed treats and playing with their travel bag. Gautam also reminded me I told him before their visit I could nearly sing Teri Meri, a Hindi song and I sang it for them, which was nice as I don’t normally sing in front of people.

We went to Wroxham for lunch and to see the swans. Did you know Swans have one mate? They sure do and it’s what makes them magical, just like the relationships around me. At lunch it was lovely to hear how Gautam and Alka met, I could tell just like Kshitij and I, they were soul mates and their love for one another inspired me because they had been together for a long time. Vardhan and Geet’s love story is beautiful too and they are both wonderful people.

Later we bought fudge and we waited out a hail storm while the taxi took ages to come to take us back to mine. My mum really liked getting to know them too and was happy they visited us.  For me thinking back on the Saturday and exchanging gifts, pictures that Roseanna had drawn of Alka, Gautam, Geet and Vardhan, as well as all the chatter, photos we took and hugs, smiles and joyful hours makes me smile. I could never forget the first time we met and how special it will always remain. I also found the visit with Alka and Gautam made me just love my boyfriend more because all of us met as we love him in our own special ways.

On Sunday, we went for lunch at a little Indian restaurant a few blocks away from my home. I liked the Indian music and the food was rather nice too. I enjoyed learning more about my boyfriend when he was younger and sharing thoughts on Indian Gods and myths, which I have been reading up on and Gautam and Alka’s tradition of welcoming me to their family which was rather beautiful of them and the card they wrote to me had such heartwarming words that, I’ll treasure it forever.

I also told them something special which I think made us all happy and it was nice to express how much I love their son and how special he is to me. He is a very talented and kind person who like the flowers in spring grew on my heart. We then took lots of photos together and waited for the taxi to arrive to take us back home, where we all including Holly said our goodbyes for now any way and promised to stay in touch, which I look forward to doing, because I believe no matter how far the distance is in the world if we put in the efforts and stay close at heart, then we are never too far away from each other.

I truly had a beautiful weekend packed with the best kind of memories of meeting three very lovely, kind and joyful people, who welcomed me into their family in such beautiful ways and to me they are a huge part of my family now too, which makes them a part of those I love and care about. I hope we meet again and stay updated on each other’s lives.

It was very emotional for me when they left on Sunday because it went so fast and it felt like I could have turned back the clock and done it all over again. But I am thankful for the weekend and having a little extended family along with my boyfriend to care about and get to know.

I hope everyone has a nice week and enjoys every moment of all kinds of love in your lives.

Katie xxx


Turning the Hourglass: The Journey of a Novel By M.J. Keeley

Turning the Hourglass: The Journey of a Novel

I always find that some of the most exciting stories are often the simplest ones: little ideas that are so odd or eerie or mysterious that I can’t stop thinking about them for days after. Those are the kind of ideas I try to grab onto for my own writing, and it’s one of those that pushed me to commit to writing my first novel almost six years ago.

I’m not sure what sparked the concept but at some point I thought about ghosts and what people are really seeing when they say they’ve witnessed one. I even think I’ve had some spooky encounters myself, but I wondered what made us assume they were the spirits of people who’d died. Why do ghosts have to be from the past? Instead, I considered – what if ghosts are from the future? Backwards echoes, not from people who’ve died, but from people who haven’t lived yet.

I latched onto the idea and kept returning to it, and ultimately I decided this is what I should write about. I hadn’t written creatively since I was in high school, but I vividly remember sitting on my saggy couch in my old flat late at night and promising myself that I’d take my ghosts from the future and write a novel – a dream I’d always had.

Of course, I knew that that small seed of an idea wasn’t enough to merit a whole book. I had to cultivate it with characters and setting and plot and encourage it to grow over time. For the next several weeks, my laptop became my new best friend and I eked out further details: maybe the future ghosts are actively ‘visiting’ us for a reason; maybe they’re studying us; perhaps if you’re being ‘visited’ then you must be important in some way in the future; and perhaps these future researchers have lost other traditional historical records.

The world in my head and on my planning pages sprouted into New London, a post-nuclear war city in the 23rd Century, and the ‘ghost’ at the centre of it all became Dyrne Samson: a historian who realises that being spotted as a spectre in the past could be useful…

Incorporating an idea for a short story I’d had around the same time, I decided that Dyrne should be a former university History lecturer. He witnesses some students mistreating a young man, but fails to act, pretending he hasn’t heard their cruel words. However, his poor judgement ends with horrendous consequences, and the guilt surrounding these events never leaves him.

The storyline I was constructing also contained thematic elements I’ve always been interested in: secrecy, guilt, mysticism, and prejudice (concerns I always seem to return to in my writing). And I definitely share traits with Dyrne, although I’d like to think I wouldn’t make some of the choices he does.

From these beginnings, Turning the Hourglass slowly – very slowly – took shape. Officially I have seven full draft versions of the novel prior to what is now published, but really there were innumerable rounds of edits, changes, restructures, tantrums, and frustrations before the novel came to be what it is. In retrospect, diving into my first novel with no real training or practise in short story writing was a bit of a mad decision! However, it was also an invaluable learning journey. I’ve made several wonderful connections with other writers online who’ve helped me along the way and have soaked up endless pieces of advice and nuggets of writing wisdom through blogs, forums, emails and beta-reads. I am a far better writer now because of my Hourglass experience – all six years of it. And all of that finally culminated in a publishing deal with Black Rose Writing – an indie publisher I submitted to in early 2018. The reply from them a couple of months later, asking if the book was still available for publication, was – and still is – the most exciting email I’ve ever been sent!

So my ‘simple idea’ isn’t so simple anymore, but I’m really proud of what’s bloomed from it and from that late night in the old flat on my saggy couch. Maybe I’ll get to go back and ‘visit’ it years from now, and give myself a thumbs up.


Historian Dyrne Samson doesn’t want to read about the past anymore. Now he can visit it. Abandoning University lecturing, he joins a classified organisation, hidden beneath the streets of New London. Their time-distortion pods let him witness any historical event he chooses. Almost. Visiting his own timeline is forbidden – the only reason he can’t return to the day he’ll never forget.



Matthew is a writer and teacher from Central Scotland and his debut novel, Turning the Hourglass, is due for publication in April 2019 with Black Rose Writing. Matthew has also had short fiction and poetry published by Centum Press, Medusa’s Laugh Press, Mother’s Milk Books, Ink & Voices, and Havok magazine. In addition, he is a contributing arts review writer for award-winning magazine The Wee Review as well as the Neon Books blog.

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Lightening Strike by Zenia Platten

Lightening Strike by Zenia Platten

Have you ever wanted something deeply enough to ache, without realizing it? That was my experience with wanting to be an author. It seemed so professional, so impossible, and so far out of my realm that it never occurred to me that it was a possibility. But oh, how I wanted it.

It took a terrible job – the kind where a good day is any that doesn’t see you in tears – and one particular video blog to make me take the leap of faith that would lead me to writing professionally. Well, that and a well-timed play of I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

If you haven’t heard of the Green brothers, or their vlog on youtube (the vlogbrothers) I highly recommend checking them out. As of recently both brothers are published and bestselling authors and completely relatable human beings. The elder, John Green, is the only person on earth to make me believe that I might be able to write a book. And not just one book, but many.

I’d been watching the vlogbrothers for a long time before the video that changed my life came out. Although they’ve become much more philosophical in recent years, at the beginning I mostly watched them because they were goofy and lovable. John had a cute dog too, which helped.

The fateful video involved the best-selling author explaining the Georgian-Russian war, something that was totally consistent with what I thought an author would do. What did not fit that high-brow mental image however, was the peanut butter he spread over his face during the explanation. Ostensibly this was to keep the video from being boring, but for me it had a much greater effect.

Authors were not only human, but suddenly, they could be weird. I was weird. I was human. It was the first time I ever considered that maybe, just maybe, I could write in the real world and not just in my wildest dreams.

Still, writing was not a ‘practical’ career. It would take years of time and work that I didn’t think I had in me, so I left it and continued to pursue a career in business. That was a mistake.

Enter The Business That Shall Not Be Named, or TBTSNBN Industries. TBTSNBN Industries was a manufacturer that sold several million dollars in goods every year. They were also not particularly well managed thanks to some blatant nepotism. While I was there it was unanimous among the staff that there were big problems with the business, and as mentioned it was not unusual for me to come home in tears at least once a week.

Eventually, I caught myself wondering about some pretty grim alternatives to work. This was unusual for me, as I’ve always been a pretty happy-go-lucky person. The first time I thought these thoughts, it hit me like a physical force just how wrong the situation was.

Still, I didn’t leave. I was trapped in a place with (at the time) high unemployment, with little experience and limited connections. At least that’s what it felt like.

One appropriately grey and rainy night, in the depths of anxiety and depression (not the clinical kind) I went for the walk that would be my impetus for change. Soaked to the skin, trudging as only the hopeless can trudge, I wandered aimlessly around the upper-middle class suburb I was living in at the time. And then I’m Yours came on in my headphones.

It’s a difficult song to be sad to. The beat is catchy, the rhythm is upbeat, and the lyrics are both silly and uplifting. It’s not the best song in the world or anything, but it’s what I needed at the time. Something broke inside me on that rainy night. Some deeply held beliefs were pulled out and examined, some false loyalties, and a handful of videos involving peanut butter.

Two hours later I slumped into the 750 square foot basement suite I shared with my partner, exhausted but triumphant. I announced, surprising even myself, that I was quitting my job and taking 5 months to try writing. Happily, I had the savings to keep up my end of the household costs.

It was a scary transition, but one that has made my life better in every way. It took three manuscripts for me to write anything worth reading, but I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I rejoined the workforce after those five months a stronger person, a better writer, and with more self-love than I would have ever had without the challenge.

I tell this story not because I think it’s particularly interesting, but because it is important to recognize that inspiration isn’t always a lightening strike. Sometimes it’s a handful of small moments, the little ah-ha’s that push us. The comment of a loved one, someone’s face on the street, or a song shuffled into the mix at just the right moment. Let the inspiration come, and you’ll be amazed how far it might take you.

This guest post was written by Zenia Platten, author of Tethered (available for pre-order on Amazon, live June 1, 2019) and The Ghost of Baile Briste (available winter 2019).

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Website: http://www.writingzen.info

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Behind The Scenes of ‘The Inheritance’ Anne Allen.

Behind The Scenes of ‘The Inheritance’

This book is the latest in The Guernsey Novel series which began life with book 1 ‘Dangerous Waters’ in 2012. I had initially set out to write a book. Full stop. Thanks to the many happy years I had spent in Guernsey, reluctantly leaving a few years before, the setting for this new venture had to be this beautiful island. I must have enjoyed writing the first book as I went on to write another even though I couldn’t attract an agent. My day job was offering psychotherapy to people with a variety of issues or addictions and writing was a wonderful escape from real life.

‘The Inheritance’ is book 7 and was meant to be published in 2018 to keep up my record of a book a year. However, thanks to the large amount of research involved, together with various life events, it is only now making its belated appearance on the world stage. Do I hear any rounds of applause? No? Oh, well…

My previous books have been set mainly in contemporary Guernsey, but with reference to the German Occupation of WWII, which I had researched well. This one, however, is dual-time between Victorian and modern times. The shift was sparked by my interest in the larger than life character of Victor Hugo, who lived in exile in Guernsey from 1855 to 1870. If the name’s familiar, he’s the author of Les Misérables, now a huge musical hit of stage and screen. He also wrote ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ which became a film many years ago. Hugo was the leading literary light of France, famous for his novels and poems, and had a world-wide reputation. He was also a politician and fell out big-time with Emperor Napoleon III, hence the exile. Others were forced into exile also and some followed him, first to Jersey and then to Guernsey. He found a home for himself, his wife and three adult children in St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey. Really it’s the only town. Hugo named his house – the first he had ever owned – Hauteville House after the street it was in and rented a house nearby for his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

I have visited Hauteville House twice and it’s the most fascinating private house I’ve ever seen. Opulent, chock full of paintings, tapestries, wooden carvings and porcelain, it is as Hugo left it. I couldn’t help but think it would be a nightmare to dust! But once I started reading biographies of the man I realized how much his home fitted his persona. Hugo loved making things and many of the carvings are his and he also painted, with some of his work on display. A true polymath.

Hugo carried on with his writings once he had settled into his house with the ever-present builders and craftsmen. He finished ‘Les Misérables’ in 1862 and it was hailed as an international success, soon being translated into English for the British and American market. It is shortly before this point that my story begins when Eugénie, my character, meets Hugo under unfortunate circumstances. I mix fact with fiction and many of the characters in this part of the story were real people. Writing the book was a challenge but I learned so much about not only Hugo and his family, but how ordinary people lived in late 19thC Guernsey and France.



Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, seven having been published. The books form a series, but each one is a standalone story with links to other books and characters. Although not originally planned, Anne is, in effect, writing a saga of Guernsey; featuring numerous characters and stories covering the German Occupation, Victorian Guernsey and the present day. A mix of family drama, mystery and love, the books have a wide appeal to readers of all ages.


The Inheritance – Blurb

How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?

1862 Young widow Eugénie is left bereft when her husband dies suddenly and faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island in his opulent house only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey born though now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she was entranced by Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the real father of her child? Tess is keen to find out and returning to the island presents her with the ideal opportunity.

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.

Book Review

“A gorgeously intriguing story set in a beautiful location. I completely identified with contemporary heroine Tess and Victorian heroine Eugénie, who both became real for me.  I was sorry to part company with them both”. Margaret James, Author of ‘The Final Reckoning’.

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