Interview with Abigail Beatrice and Cecelia from ABC -Destiny by Vonks.

Interview with Abigail Beatrice and Cecelia.

Welcome Abigail Beatrice and Cecelia and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

1) Tell us a little about yourselves. And what you are doing right now?

Abigail: I’m just a very ordinary girl from a normal, middle class family. At the moment I’m doing an online course to try to improve my qualifications and job prospects.

Beatrice: Watcha wanna know about me for? Might be getting ready to go out, but might not.  Just mind your own, right.

Cecelia: Helloo. It’s so lovely to meet you. Do come through to the drawing room and I’ll ring for some tea. Did you see my pony when you came in? Isn’t he the most gorgeous thing? I can’t spend too long chatting though. I’m getting ready for a party. It’s in the most divine nightclub. Everyone’s talking about it.

2) What are three things that make you different from each other and why?

A: I’m afraid I don’t know the other two ladies, but I think one has had a hard life and the other is a bit like royalty, so not someone I’m likely to meet if I go out with my friends for a meal.

B: Them two? One snotty nosed cow with Daddy to buy her everything, and the other one a grammar school snob who finks saying big words make her better than me. Thank Gawd I’m nuffink like eiver of em.

C: Would we have met at St Trop skiing? I don’t remember their names from finishing school. Are they famous? Unless they’re friends of one of my crowd I don’t think I know them. 

3) Who is the least favourite person in your life right now? Why?

A: I can’t think of anyone offhand. My Manager can be a bit hard sometimes but he’s only doing his job.

B: The slime bag sharing Mum’s bed. He’s not as bad as the last one but he’s still a piece of shit.

C: Daddy. He’s being really silly about not buying me the sports car I want for my birthday. Can you imagine the shame if I turned up in a Ford or something. I’d never live it down.

6) If you could swap places with a fellow person you are with or have met, who would it be? And why?

A: I can’t really think of anyone. It might be interesting to swap with Grandma for a while, but I’m not sure I could stand the hardships her generation put up with for too long.

B: None of ‘em. They’re all losers. Someone wiv a lot of money and a bit of life away from this dump would be good though. Maybe a singer or a model like you see on the telly.

C: Kate M. Wouldn’t it be fun to be married to the future king and have all those gorgeous designers flocking to dress you. I have actually met her at one of Daddy’s boring charity thingies.    

7) What is life like at home? What is your favourite memory?

A: Lovely. Dad works hard but Mum always keeps our house nice and they still hold hands sometimes. My favourite memory is when I was young and everyone came over for Christmas. I could only have been about 4 or 5 but it was magical. I still love Christmas.

B: What ya think? The sooner I can get out of here the better. My favourite Memory? The look on the git’s face when I kicked him in the goolies when he came on to me. Serves him right.

C: A bit boring actually. I can’t wait to get away to Uni and really have some fun. The exclusive opening night at Scamps was wonderful. Everyone who was anyone was there. 

9) Have you had any scary moments? Are you scared now? Tell us what happened or why you feel like this?

A: I was scared when I took my exams. After all Mum and Dad did for me I was afraid of letting them down. Luckily I got good results. I still worry a bit about the annual reviews at work but so far they’ve all been good.

B: Too many to remember. When I was younger I got scared every time I was alone with one of Mum’s fancy men, but now I can look after myself. Just let them try it and they’ll learn I’m not one to mess with.

C: I was scared when Mummy was ill. I didn’t know anything about what the servants actually did, or how to give them orders to keep the house running properly when Daddy had important guests. She’s a lot better now but actually it was easier than I thought it would be.

10) What do you dream of doing when you’re older?

A: Having a successful career then a loving, happy marriage like my parents.

B: Getting rich and seeing the world away from this dump.

C: Throwing the most successful party ever, and having the best magazines talking about it for months.

Thank you Abigail Beatrice and Cecelia for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all.

A: Thank you Katrina. It’s been lovely to meet you.

B: Yeah, whatever. Do I get paid for this?

C: Will it be in Now! Magazine? I can’t wait to show everyone.


Blurb: ABC-Destiny 

Abigail has a middle-class upbringing, Beatrice has to grow up fast as life is tough, Cecelia is part of the privileged elite. All have different backgrounds, but what do they have in common? Forced by her perverted stepfather to leave home at a young age, Delphine meets Eustace, a man of shady character, who becomes her employer and father figure.

Whilst working on an undercover investigation Frank encounters Delphine, who becomes the love of his life. She moves in with him and quickly falls pregnant. As a first-time father, working away, Frank calls every night to reassure himself, and initially everything is fine. It is only when he returns home that the nightmare begins. He is told Delphine has had a stillborn and wants no further contact with him. Meanwhile, Delphine is left alone to mourn her loss and start to rebuild her life. Destiny has entwined the lives of the characters, but will they discover the secret that binds them together?

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Today I’m Incredibly Excited to be Interviewing Voinks Author of ABC-Destiny and Changes.


Today I’m incredibly excited to be interviewing Voinks Author of ABC Destiny and Changes.

Hi Katrina. Thanks so much for inviting me.

Welcome Voinks please tell us a little about yourself and your book and where your writing journey started.

Although I got my first rejection letter aged 9, my writing journey didn’t really take off until about 5 years ago. I had a bizarre accident which left me first stuck in hospital then house bound, and going stir crazy. The rainbow was that it gave me time to write my first novel ‘Changes’ and do a happy, skippy dance (figuratively speaking) when I received the wonderful ‘we want to see more’ letter. By then I’d got the writing bug, and my favourite expression (with suitably modest pink cheeks) was ‘By the way, did I mention I’m an author?’

What inspired you to create ABC Destiny?

I was thinking about what to do as a follow up to my first book, and my publishers suggested putting several of my shorter stories into a compendium. ABC Destiny was one of the five selected by new publishers as a stand-alone. Researching for girl’s names to fit the different characters I realised they were A, B, and C and continued the theme through the book. What was really weird was that I ‘invented’ the name Delphine, and very shortly afterwards became good friends with a lady with that name. It seemed like a good omen. 

What is your writing routine? Are you a pantster or planner?

Not a planner. Most of the time I have no idea where the stories are going. A remark or event will inspire me, I start typing, and then the characters take over and just tell me what to do.

Did you have a favourite place you liked to write, while you were creating your novel?

The back room at home has become my office, and I seem to spend most of my time in there these days. It looks out onto the garden through the conservatory, so at least if I get too involved I still know whether it’s actually a nice day out.

Describe what your Muse looks like to you in three words.

Surreal, inquisitive, exciting.

What part of writing your novel did you most enjoy? E.g. First draft, research, editing..

I love starting something new, but seeing the final revision done and dusted gave me the most satisfaction. 

If you could be one of your characters, which one would you be and why?

Probably Delphine. She doesn’t have it easy but faces hardship, doesn’t give up, and tries to make things work whatever life throws at her.

Which character did you like writing about the most? Why?

Eustace. It was fun having a villain but bringing out facets of his personality to make him human.

What’s your favourite subject to write about? Why?

I didn’t think I had one, but a fan mentioned several of my recent short stories involve animals. If this includes people, gremlins, unicorns, mermaids and dragons she’s probably right.

If you could describe one of main character in three words what would they be?

Dedicated, driven, tender. (This is how I see Frank.)

Do any of your characters have any strong beliefs or fears, if so what are they?

There are six main characters in my book, and each has their own very different hopes and fears. Bringing out the contrasts was very much a part of the story.

 Who are your favourite Authors?

A terrible thing to admit but I tend not to notice or follow particular authors. However a browse of my book shelf reveals Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen and Jodi Picoult taking up space. Nearly all my recent reads have been by ‘unknown’ Indie authors, and I am proud to be building up a small, signed collection of their books with personal dedications.

What was the best advice you’ve ever had while writing your novels?
It can take years to be an overnight success. Never give up.

What projects are you working on next?

Apart from writing my weekly short stories, I have entered several competitions and intend to self-publish either my 100,000 word mystery thriller or ease in gently with a shorter novel. This is the scary bit; I need a magic fairy to just do it all and leave me to get on with writing, although it’s fascinating learning how much is actually involved.  

Do you have any advice for fellow writers who may be undertaking creating their first novel at this very moment?

Just do it! Take advice from other authors and don’t be afraid to ask for help. The writing community is the most supportive and helpful I’ve ever come across, and obviously that includes bloggers.

Any final words you would like to add?

To me writing is easy, but getting known and the marketing side of things is something I dread. To all readers, PLEASE leave a review of the books you read and enjoy; they are invaluable to authors. To all bloggers, an enormous Thank You. Without your dedication and hard work so many newbie authors will be starving to death in the proverbial attic.

Thank you so much Katrina for giving me this opportunity to talk about my characters and my books. It is appreciated more than you could ever imagine.

Thank you Voinks for taking time to do this blog interview, it has been a real pleasure to hear about your novel, I wish you well with your novels and all other writing projects you may undertake in the future.



Blurb: ABC Destiny  Voinks  

Abigail has a middle-class upbringing, Beatrice has to grow up fast as life is tough, Cecelia is part of the privileged elite. All have different backgrounds, but what do they have in common? Forced by her perverted stepfather to leave home at a young age, Delphine meets Eustace, a man of shady character, who becomes her employer and father figure.

Whilst working on an undercover investigation Frank encounters Delphine, who becomes the love of his life. She moves in with him and quickly falls pregnant. As a first-time father, working away, Frank calls every night to reassure himself, and initially everything is fine. It is only when he returns home that the nightmare begins. He is told Delphine has had a stillborn and wants no further contact with him. Meanwhile, Delphine is left alone to mourn her loss and start to rebuild her life. Destiny has entwined the lives of the characters, but will they discover the secret that binds them together?


Blurb: Changes

Jane’s safe, stable job comes to an end through redundancy. Her sister, who is her best friend and confidante, moves to the other side of the world.

A casual visit to the hairdresser’s is the start of a chain of events that change her humdrum life completely. Her dreary, suburban London home is swapped for a villa in the Mediterranean; she meets the man of her dreams, and her old life becomes a distant memory.

Or has it?

His reticence and mysterious absences bring back her old insecure feelings. Then, a family emergency has her rushing back to her childhood roots. Her new life and home are lost.

It is as if the changes had never happened. Except now she is alone, homeless and jobless. But fate has not finished with her yet. More changes lay in wait.

Changes Book Trailer 

To find out more about Voinks and her novels, check out the links below. 

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Spotlight Post Love Among the Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Title:  Love Among the Lilacs

Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Format: E-book, Paperback


Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is?


“This is the first book I read by the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is polished, the characters are believable and the supporting cast is a quirky, fun bunch. I enjoyed the alternating points of views and seeing how the characters grew to accept and care for each other.”

Amazon 5star review


Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1955, Jenna has yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked.
Jenna  writes books for readers who enjoy sweet & compelling romances, and also for those who look for her  “fiction that feeds your faith” titles – happily-ever-after romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature  satisfying fairy-tale-endings.

Her clean romances won’t put you into a diabetic coma, and her faith-based romances aren’t preachy or unrealistic. It is her glad purpose to glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ through books that illustrate hope & peace in unbearable situations. Her first triple negative breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 has led to surgeries, radiation,  reoccurrences and incurable metastasis. Still, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

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Welcome Guest Moira Forsyth: A Message From The Other Side..


Some writers hate being asked, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ but to me it seems a reasonable question, even if it can be quite hard to answer. My new novel, A Message from the Other Side, was sparked into life by a dream (bear with me, I won’t describe the whole dream!). I was in a huge space furnished by bookcases and long tables covered with bric-a-brac, with tall windows through which sunshine gleamed, casting long panels of light on dusty floorboards. When I woke, I realised this was too good to let go, so began to develop the idea of an abandoned factory, converted into a warehouse selling second-hard furniture, books and china. I decided to adopt the old Spirella building in Letchworth, one of Hertfordshire’s garden cities. A long time ago I lived in Hitchin, the neighbouring small town, and remember walking round this impressive, but long-deserted place. Because of the story I was now writing, I ruthlessly transported it to the Highlands.

There was The Factory, then there was Gilbert, who (after a fashion) runs the business. He’s the eccentric, charming but unstable young man who becomes the catalyst for the central plot. He was based – loosely – on someone I once knew. He’s also the character who makes a habit of going missing.

I have a theory that authors are like old computers: however often you tried to make them write in Comic Sans (remember that?) or some other font, they always defaulted to Times New Roman, 12 point. Authors default to the themes and ideas that run relentlessly through their work, even when they might want to try something completely new. The vague, kindly vicar in Agatha Christie, the crisis of spiritual doubt in Graham Greene, the decaying country house in Jennifer Johnston – you could make your own list. With me, it’s missing people. I’m fascinated by the power of the missing person to affect those left behind, and even spoil their lives. So although I start out meaning to write a novel where all the characters stay where they’re put, I’ve not managed it yet. In Waiting for Lindsay it was a child, lost long ago; in David’s Sisters, a troublesome brother; in Tell Me Where You Are, the difficult middle sister; in The Treacle Well – no, it’s a spoiler if I give that one away! 

My novels always have sisters at the centre, so this time I wanted to write about a pair of brothers who have no love between them. I’ve not left out the sisters though – Catherine and Helen do love each other and yet, living miles apart, don’t tell each other the whole truth. The plot springs from these emotions and secrets.

I also wanted to write a love story. I’ve been focused on families: siblings, cousins and parents, and the tensions between generations. This time I wanted the core of the novel to be love, and how difficult it can be to make marriage work, when you come to it older and with doubt and hesitation. Also, in Helen’s case, wilful blindness. We see what we want to see about the person we’re in love with. Besotted and optimistic, we can miss the signs of danger.

If I had to sum it up, I’d say it’s a novel about doing something absolutely terrible – and getting away with it. Getting away with it, and living the rest of your life with that knowledge, unable to share it with anyone else, even the person you love most.




Published by Sandstone Press, £8.99, 20/07/17

ISBN: 9781910985731

Moira Forsyth


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Welcome Guest Author Joanne Nicholson to My Blog Telling Us About Past Lives.

Past Lives

A few years ago I was discussing the topic of past life regressions with my spiritual sister as it’s something I find intriguing. My sister has done multiple regressions and has a very clear memory of what her life was like in previous incarnations and it is fascinating to hear her discuss her past lives. She did her regressions through meditation guided by a psychic, however I researched the phenomenon and it can also be done through hypnosis.

I’m personally too scared to a past life regression myself because I have such a great life now, I don’t want to have to deal with anything that may be tragic from a previous life. Whilst contemplating the subject I wondered what someone would do if they realised a loved one from their past life was still alive.

This premise led to the inception of my latest novel ‘In Another Life’. The main character in this book, Lily, is searching for a connection to her deceased mother and so she does a past life regression to see if they were related in a previous life. She instead discovers that she has a soul connection with her father. She is shocked to find she was a male, William, in her last life, her father was her brother and that they had a little sister. After the regression, Lily researches information to verify what she saw and learns that the property where they lived in the early 1900s in Bathurst, country New South Wales, is still there. On a visit to the property Lily learns that her little sister from her past life, Elizabeth, is an elderly lady who lives in a local nursing home. Lily finds the temptation to contact her too great and arranges to meet with her, under the guise of completing a university assignment, to see whether they have a soul connection. They have an easy rapport that leaves Lily wondering whether she should disclose her true reason for meeting and if she does, how she can prove her claims of a past life.

Writing this book was a challenge to weave a fictional story that incorporated spiritual elements I don’t practice with historical information. I really enjoyed the process of researching historical information from around World War I and substantiating what infrastructure existed in Bathurst in that period.

When arranging the cover design, I struggled to find an image that would capture the past and present, city and country. There is a recurring theme of Lily/William’s character making a boat out of leaves and sending it down the river. I set my daughter the challenge to build a boat from sticks, barks and leaves. The result was the photograph that I used for the cover of my book.

If I have piqued your interest in reading ‘In Another Life’ it is available to purchase now on Amazon Kindle.


About the Author

Joanne Nicholson is an Australian author who juggles parenting four kids with trying to exercise, socialise, manage sporting teams, complete mundane chores and write. She loves boating, reading, pilates, listening and playing music, playing basketball and spending quality time with family and friends.

She has published two women’s fiction novels, ‘Intuition’ and ‘In Another Life’; a YA novel ‘Music Score’ and short stories, ‘Horrorscopes’ and ‘Spirits’. All of these titles are available on Amazon Kindle. Joanne is currently working on her next novel ‘Positive’ which is due to be published later this year.

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My Review of The Mess of Me by Chantelle Atkins

My Review of

The Mess of Me by Chantelle Atkins

I read The Mess of Me over the Easter weekend. I found Lou, Marianne and Joe really interesting characters to follow, but the storyline is heartbreaking: Lou at sixteen to have such a bad image of her body and for Joe to be very much under his older brother’s control. However, the relationship between Joe and Lou felt very special.

The story itself follows Lou at sixteen, she feel a mess, she hates eating for the fear she will put on weight like when she was younger. Now it is summer and Lou and her friend Joe are partying it up with her friend Marianne. But, all too soon Joe gets caught up in his brother’s drug dealing and it’s not long before both Joe and Lou realize they are in way over their heads.  Will Joe get out of drug dealing? Or will this incident  turn tragic for both Lou and Joe? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I found the characters very interesting and the problems they are all dealing with are very well described. I especially like how author Chantelle showed two sides of Leon –Joes brother– because in life no one is truly good or bad. I also found the ending  shocking and very emotional to read.

But I think this story speaks of friendship, and how the choices you make can have a knock off effect on not just yourself but the people who you care and love the most. So if you like coming of age stories with strong themes and an ending that will make you feel so many emotions, then give this book a  try.

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Interview with Lucia from A Life Between by Louise Walters.

Interview with Lucia.

Welcome Lucia and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

1) Tell us a little about yourself. And what you are doing right now? I live in a nice little flat in a city in the south of England. My time is my own so I read, sew and think.

2)What makes you happy or unhappy? I’m not sure I fully understand those feelings. We just ARE, aren’t we? A mixture of all our emotions, at all times.

3) Who is your favourite person in your life right now? And why? I don’t have a favourite person. I did have, once upon a time. But he let me down.

4) Do you have any fears or strong beliefs? If so what are they? I fear nothing, apart from death. Everything else is a bonus, and not to be feared. I have always believed in myself, in a quiet, determined sort of way.

5) If you could swap places with a fellow person you are with or have met, who would it be? And why? It pains me to admit it, but yes, there is a person whose shoes I would like to stand in, even if for one day. My sister-in-law, Simone. She’s half French. I hate her, in most ways, but I wish I could be her. She is so pretty, and glamorous, and I suppose many would describe her as “nice”. Which I’m not.

6) What do you believe your main propose is ? And how far will you go to achieve it? I had a purpose once, but if drifted away from me and now I can’t ever get it back. My purpose was to marry, have children, and be a normal wife and mother. That’s all I wanted, if the truth be known. But I was thwarted by the aforementioned sister-in-law. I went far to get it, I really did. Some would say too far. I caused a lot of damage. But I don’t really regret it. “Stuff happens,” I think the young say?

7) What is it like being an auntie to Tina? Tell us about one of the things you do together? Well of course I don’t see her now, but Tina was sweet, both as a child and a woman. I miss her. She’s the one I really miss, which has surprised me. I would love to see her again but I know it will never happen. We used to sew together, making rug rags, and mending clothes. She was a quiet, bookish person. I think… I think I loved her, in my own way.

8)  Have you done anything unforgivable to someone else? Was it out of love or revenge? Tell us about it. I haveI hurt my brother and sister-in-law. I hurt Tina, and her sister Meg. I was too harsh in those days, harsh and brittle. I sought revenge. But looking back on it, I ask myself, revenge for what? I’ve thought about this so much since moving into my flat. I may have been wrong. But nobody is perfect.

9) What has been your favourite memory? I used to sit and sew with my mother, when I was a child and a young woman. At the time it didn’t feel particularly special. But looking back, those times were gentle and precious. I miss my mother. I should have been kinder to her.

10) Do you speak any other language? If so could you type a sentence in that Language? I don’t speak any language other than English. I especially don’t speak French…

11) What is it like having brothers? Do you have a moment about them you’d like to share? Growing up in a household of boys was… well, not much fun. I often felt ignored, side lined. At the same time my oldest brother Edward was kind to me when I was a girl. He used to give me lollipops. He always had lollipops in his pockets.

12) If you could have one wish right now what would it be and how would it help your current situation? This is one of the things I think about. It’s hard to be honest with oneself. But I suppose, if I am truly honest, I wish I could take back a lie I once told. It hurt people very badly. It was wrong of me. So I think I would erase that from my history, if I could. But, of course, I can’t.

Thank you Lucia for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

A Life Between Us blurb: 

Tina Thornton’s twin sister Meg died in a childhood accident, but for almost forty years Tina has secretly blamed herself for her sister’s death. During a visit to her aging Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia, who both harbour dark secrets of their own, Tina makes a discovery that forces her to finally question her memories of the day her sister died.
Who, if anyone, did kill Meg? As Tina finds the courage to face the past, she unravels the tangled family mysteries of her estranged parents, her beautiful French Aunt Simone, the fading, compassionate Uncle Edward, and above all, the cold, bitter Aunt Lucia, whose spectral presence casts a long shadow over them all.

A Life Between Us is a beautifully evocative story of a family torn apart at the seams, which will appeal to readers who enjoy family sagas and modern-day mysteries.

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