K. A. Richardson’s Time To Play: Blog Tour

Friday 30th September 2016

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The book I’m currently reading is Time To Play by North East Crime Writer K.A Richardson.

 

I always like

to have a book

to read.

Missuswolf Time To Play K.A Richardson

For those of you who’ve followed this blog for a long time, you’ll recall the days when this was solely about books and writing.

It’s somewhat expanded in the last couple of months but my heart will always be with literature.

Crime and psychological thriller’s tend to be my forte.

 

K. A. Richardson

I used to work with Kerry a few years back and I’ve loved following her writing journey. Back then, she was busy writing her first book, With Deadly Intent (cheeky post plug – read more on my interview with her here).

She was also in the process of setting up her blog too Kerryannrichardson.com

2016 has been a busy yet exciting year for Kerry. Her debut novel, With Deadly Intent, was released in April, followed by I’ve Been Watching You in June and now Time To Play was released on the 22nd of this month.

Back in July, Kerry also won author of the month over at the UK Crime Book Club.

At the time of going to press, I’ve Been Watching You was number 2 in the free Kindle Crime Chart and no 6 in the overall free Kindle Chart.

Pretty impressive achievements while working in a (very important) full-time job.

Biography

Missuswolf K A Richardson Author PictureMy name is KA Richardson, and I am a crime writer based in the North East of England. I write around my other work commitments so am constantly on the go. I love reading many genres, love speaking to people and spend a lot of time people watching in coffee shops, though if I’m honest this is more for the purposes of character building and plotting. I enjoy watching ‘cop’ shows from both the UK and the USA, and am a fan of sci-fi. I began thinking about writing as a career in 2010 and completed my Ma Creative Writing in 2011. I love to be inspired, and enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as other like-minded folk. My website has some more info on me, if you’re interested pop on over to www.kerryannrichardson.com, or I can be found on Facebook as KA Richardson.

Time To Play …

DI Alistair McKay is still reeling from the ‘one that got away’ but when he is called to deal with a potential murder at the water side, he must put his personal worries aside.

As police diver, Marlo Buchanan, starts pulling bodies out of the water, it becomes clear that something isn’t right.

Someone is torturing young girls and dumping them in the local reservoir.

Then the body of a man is discovered and Mackay and Buchanan are pulled into the seedy underworld of human trafficking.

As the team race against the clock tensions start to run high.

Can they overcome their personal demons to work together?

And will they find the killer before he strikes again?

The team are back in the third novel from the gripping North East Police series.

 

Missuswolf Time To Play K.A Richardson

You don’t have to have read

the previous books

to read Time To Play

Although the book is part of the ‘North East Police’ series, the beauty of Kerry’s work is that the books are stand alones in their own right.

They focus on a different character in each novel and, although they make reference to previous character’s who are bobbing along in the background, this doesn’t distract from the main storyline.

My favourite style in this book is that the sections are snappy; almost like an intertwined diary. In any chapter, the date and destination heading change allows us to follow different character’s; from the police dive team, detective’s and scene’s of crime officer’s to the horror of the human trafficking world.

Interlaced within all that are the sub stories of the police officer’s lives.

The pace is good, it keeps it interesting the technique that Kerry has used.

The topic is very raw and the level of research that Kerry has done on both the subject and the roles of the police teams involved is a real credit.

Richardson’s got a good knack of getting inside the mind of a killer and their thought process to justify their actions.

Chilling,

but thrilling.

I’m not going to give too much away on this one for fear of dropping any spoilers.

The nights are drawing in and what better way to get all snug and cosy than to get your nose in a new book.

Time To Read

Time To Play

Missuswolf Time To Play K A Richardson

Have you read any of Kerry’s books?

Love Missuswolf xxx

Bookworming my way back into blogging

 

THURSDAY 09th JUNE 2016

Wow – it’s over a year since my last blog post and things have changed dramatically!

My focus has slowly wondered away from the writing and blogging world over the last couple of years. This was due to a fantastic opportunity at work – I was involved in a high level project that sucked all of my time and energy. It barely left any time for reading let alone looking after this baby.

Speaking of babies, I then had one of my own. Little Miss Ella joined us in March 2016 – yep, I’ve joined the mummy (or ‘mammy’ as we say here in Geordieland) gang.

So I thought it was only apt that my first book to get me back into reading should of course be The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner. I started following her blog (hilarious – check it out here) when I was in the early stages of my pregnancy – reading it on my phone while sitting on the bike machine at the gym (I was full of good intentions early on – that soon changed  when the Easter Eggs hit the shops! Cadbury’s chocolate was my ultimate guilty pleasure towards the end). My lovely friend Rachel bought me the book as a mammy gift before I had Ella and I started reading it in the hospital the day after she was born (hubby had managed to escape home for a bit, Ella was napping and there was only so much Jeremy Kyle I could watch on the TV!)

Unmumsy

This makes Mat Leave look deceivingly glamorous – it’s not. I was lucky to read a couple of pages on this day as someone wanted attention.

 

Obviously I can’t spend maternity leave reading all day (not for the want of trying, there’s just a small human that keeps interrupting). But I’m going to give it a damn good try. I’m hoping to build up to writing again – this blog post being a starter for ten. I write this (quickly) after a successful full nights sleep (hurrah) while sitting on my bed as Little Miss E naps on her Poddle Pod. It’s 9am and we’re both fed, washed and dressed ready for the day. High five me.  Oh wait – she’s stirring – I’ve shoved My Little Pony on the TV to buy me a few more minutes.

I’ve lost my confidence in my writing and I’m in danger of loosing any brain cells I had left as I’m not working. I’m one of those saddos who loves to work. I’m loving spending time with my munchkin don’t get me wrong, but like most mams (mums) out there we all like to do something for ourselves. My biggest fear was loosing myself and I’m hoping that if I can get back into Missuswolf’s StoryLand, it will give me a sense of something that’s mine and I’m doing for myself.

After twelve weeks of trying in vain to establish a sleep routine, joining various baby groups and hanging around with my friends with babies I’ve managed to establish a comfortable (yet unpredictable!) pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep this up and hopefully fit in what I’ve loved doing since I was a child – reading and writing.

I’m off now to pound the pavements of Blyth with my sister and her kids (this Easter Egg weight won’t shift itself).

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

 

 

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Paula Daly

WEDNESDAY 11th FEBRUARY 2015

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In my last blog post What I’ve been reading – January 2015 I briefly touched upon a book that I fell head over heels in love with.

That book was Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly.

Well, I’m utterly delighted and honoured that she’s agreed to feature on my blog today! I finished her second book Keep Your Friends Close last night and it didn’t disappoint! But first of all, let’s find out a little bit more about Paula Daly …

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~Author Bio~

Paula Daly was born in Lancashire. She was a self-employed physiotherapist before beginning her first novel JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? Her second novel KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award and her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy. You can find her on twitter: @pauladalyauthor and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Daly/490968164379299

 

 

 

~Synopsis – Just what kind of mother are you ~just what kind of mother

No family is perfect.

A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning.

No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend’s daughter.

But no one has seen her since yesterday.

And she’s not the first to go missing from your small town.

So who’s hiding something?

~Thoughts~

There are few books in our journey as readers that burrow beneath our soul and remain with us for life.

This is one of them.

The Hunger Games and The Collective Works of A.J Fikry have now been joined by Just What Kind of Mother Are You? in a little bookcase in my head and in my heart.

The reality of this book is stark. We all lead busy lives, juggling work commitments with family and, like Lisa, we’re desperately trying to keep those plates spinning. But what happens when one of those plates falls? That plate of responsibility for caring for another’s daughter – that’s now missing? You can only begin to imagine that kind of predicament. Paula Daly brings this to life – her words get into your head and make you think, they make you consider that in times where we overstretch and over-exert ourselves, that this could potentially happen – this could happen to me.

This book is the definition of a page-turner, I picked it up on the Saturday and finished it on the Monday. It was a constant case of ‘just one more chapter.’

The character’s are realistic, Daly has you engrossed with their lives and gripped as to what becomes of them. I laughed and cried with them. Her dialogue stirs up emotion and you’re desperate to find out what’s happened to the missing girl.

But I won’t spoil it.

You’ll have to read it for yourself.

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE~Synopsis – Keep Your Friends Close~

Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty’s oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears – just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France – Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home.

Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well. Natty’s husband has fallen in love with Eve. He’s sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over.

With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself.

And then she receives the note.

Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences…

~Thoughts~

A Pyschological thriller that’s wickedly clever. You can’t help but fall in love with Natty’s control freak nature as she’s like many of us – striving for perfection, to have it all; the husband, the children, the business. But when her daughter takes ill and she rushes to France to be by her side, we see Eve, her friend from college, prey on her weakness – her absence from her already neglected husband.

We’re so wrapped up in Natty making sure that her daughter’s alright that when we get to Eve and Sean’s antics, we’re devastated. Daly builds up the tension from start to finish, with the sexual tension between Eve and Sean, to the volatile feeling Natty has towards them and the effect this has on her daughters. We follow this tension to an intense finale.

There are underlying stories from other characters such as Natty’s father. We also see the return of Detective Constable Joanne Aspinall, who appeared in Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

Daly has again written a page-turner and Eve is a character that you love to hate. The character’s are realistic and the emotions that they experience, particular Natty, you feel with them.  Daly builds up the frustration and anger wonderfully and there’s a scene where she has no means to pay for petrol. It’s a small, but significant scene. A point where we could all relate to the circumstance in one way or another and in this story, it’s like the straw that broke the camels back. Something minor in the grand scheme of things but tips you over the edge.

We’ve all been there in some way shape or form.

Now to get cosy with that cuppa as we chat to the lovely Paula Daly …

Hi Paula and welcome here today.

Firstly, here did the inspiration behind Just What Kind Of Mother Are You come from?Paula Daly Just What

This book came about directly from an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Overwhelmed, working mother of two, Brenda Slaby, forgets to drop her baby at the babysitter’s, and poor Cecelia dies as a result of heatstroke in the hot August sun.

I was heartbroken by this poor woman’s story, and as I watched, I thought: That could have been me. I, too, was once so overstretched with full time work and children that I could have made a similar mistake.

The more I thought about this awful turn of events, the more I wanted to write about it. But I write thrillers, I could not do Brenda’s story justice. And so it wasn’t until I met a particularly difficult woman, a woman who is in the habit of making a person feel bad about their life, that the story popped into my head. Because I thought: What if you lost her child? What if you were so busy, that you took your eye off the ball, and her child went missing?

This terrified me.

How would you compare writing this book with Keep Your Friends Close?

It differed in two ways. Firstly, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? was much faster to write. I completed it in four months because there was nothing else I needed to attend to – such as interviews, contracts, and all the day to day stuff that occupies an author. Secondly, even though a mystery is harder to construct – making sure all pieces of the jigsaw fit together – it’s actually easier to write than a thriller. Because you don’t have to worry so much about keeping the tension going and holding the reader’s interest. If a child is missing the reader wants to find out what’s happened to that child. This tension is much harder to sustain in a thriller. Which Keep Your Friends Close is.

How do you manage your writing time?

I get the children off to school, put the washing machine on, walk the dog, and then start writing. I aim to write 800 – 1000 words before lunch and I generally don’t switch the Wi-Fi back on until I’m done. I have to be really strict about this as I know after one-thirty P.M. I’m pretty much brain dead. So I don’t answer the phone unless it’s one of the kids calling in distress or some other emergency.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

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I’m about halfway through this – very insightful and useful

I read Stephen King’s book – ‘On Writing’. King encourages you to just start writing and to see what comes out. I began as soon as I finished the book and was surprised to find I didn’t want to stop. I found writing thrilling and knew immediately I wanted to try to make a career out of it if possible.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I write in my bedroom overlooking Lake Windermere (although I have to pull the curtain across a little to shade the laptop screen). When I’m stuck I stare out the window and when I’m tired I have a sneaky nap. It is the BEST job.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

I used to clean a brothel.

Thank you for being here today Paula.

You can grab both Paula Daly’s books on Amazon now. Go on – lose yourself for a few days in someone else’s shoes.

I promise you it’ll be worth it.

Love Missuswolf xxx

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What I’ve Been Reading – January 2015

FRIDAY 30th JANUARY 2015

Happy Friday folks!

I’ve managed to take a break from the day job today (I’ve had to wait in for someone from Sky) so it’s meant that I’ve spent all day reading and writing – yey!

This month, I’ve tried to read a bit more than just a couple of chapter’s a night. So instead of watching the TV, I’ve had my head in a book.

January’s reading list has consisted of the following books:

Stephen Booth – Dying To Sin

Paula Daly – Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

Lee Child – One Shot

Stephen Booth – Dying to SinDying to Sin

Synopsis

For decades, Pity Wood Farm has been a source of employment for poor workers passing through Rakedale, migrants with lives as abject as the labour they sought. But now it seems a worse fate may have befallen some of those who came upon this isolated community.

Routine building work at the farm has unearthed a grisly discovery: a human hand preserved in clay. When police dig up the farmyard, they find not one, but two bodies – and several years between their burials.

With pressure from a new superintendent and scant forensic evidence to aid them, DS Fry and DC Cooper have only the memories of local people to piece together the tragic history of the farm. 

In a case as cold as the ground, Cooper finds himself drawn to a desperate theory: that somewhere, there lies a third body which holds the key to these dreadful crimes.

Thoughts:

I’ve read a Stephen Booth book before – back in October 2011 –  Scared To Live (read blog post here). I’m a scatty reader when it comes to his and James Patterson books. I never seem to read them in the right order in the series. But that’s the beauty of writers like these – they write in such a way that you can just pick up – say book eight – and off you go. No real need to have read the previous book in the series. You get the gist.

For me, Dying To Sin is not one of the fastest paced novels I’ve read – but it’s not the slowest. I know that’s a vague description but that’s how I felt about it – vague. I like Stephen Booth’s style of writing – I really did feel like I was out in the Peak District, shivering with Fry and Cooper as they try to piece together what’s happened. I was a bit slower reading this – I spent most of January with Dying To Sin. It had a slow start and I felt the story went on quite a bit, as if I was waiting for something to happen. But I persevered as I’ve experienced this before with James Patterson’s Beach Road. I didn’t connect with that book to start with and I had similar feelings with Dying To Sin. However, I learnt to always give books the benefit of the doubt – and the last 100 pages of Dying To Sin did pick up pace and did leave me satisfied. But it’s not one of my favourites.

Paula Daly – Just What Kind Of A Mother Are YouPaula Daly Just What

Synopsis

Your friend’s child is missing. It’s your fault.

No family is perfect.

A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning.

No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend’s daughter.

But no one has seen her since yesterday.

And she’s not the first to go missing from your small town.

So who’s hiding something?

Thoughts:

I LOVED this book! Unfortunately you will have to wait until next month to hear more about it as Paula Daly has kindly agreed to take part in ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’ (thanks Paula!) But all I can say is that this book is on par with when I read The Hunger Games. A real page-turner – I didn’t want to put this one down and it really was a case of ‘just one more chapter’. I started it Saturday and finished it Monday. It’s gripping and it gets inside your head as you think ‘oh god, it could potentially happen.’ I’m not a mother so I can only begin to imagine what it would feel like. But the author brought that all to life for me. I laughed and I cried at this book. I’ve got her next one lined up Keep Your Friends Close (thanks Tammy Exton – check out her blog here).

Lee Child One ShotLee Child – One Shot

Synopsis

Six shots. Five dead.

A heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Apart from one thing. The accused gunman refuses to talk except for a single phrase:

Get Jack Reacher for me.

Reacher lives off the grid. He’s not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for him. What could connect the ex-military cop to this psychopathic killer?

 

Thoughts:

I’m 198 pages into this book at the moment. I loved the last Lee Child book that I read (Worth Dying For) so when I inherited this book from the Harvey’s, it was a must. Although it’s not as good as Worth Dying For which I couldn’t put down. One Shot I’m not so fussed about. It does have me hooked as to how the story is going to pan out. Lee Child’s style of writing is fast-paced and very visual. A lot happens at the start of the book and he brings this to life very well. Of course, all is not as it seems and Jack Reacher gets called in. That’s when the real mystery starts to unravel. Again I’ll persevere with this one as I may be pleasantly surprised. I think it’s had a hard act to follow when I’ve fallen so deeply in love with Paula Daly’s novel.

On that note, I’ll go and read a couple more pages …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Reading and Writing: Back To The Study

 THURSDAY 22nd JANUARY 2015

Well, there you have it.

New Year's Eve 2015 - a cosy night in with the hubby, Queen and a glass of fizz. The quietest New Year in over a decade!

New Year’s Eve 2015 – a cosy night in with the hubby, Queen and a glass of fizz. The quietest New Year in over a decade!

Another year over, another year older (I reached the anti-climax age of thirty one on the eighteenth of this month. Turning thirty is fab, but thirty one’s rather drab).

Am I wiser?? That’s always one to debate.

I suppose what I’m saying is a belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all enjoyed the festive season – I know we did. A chaotic Christmas day hosted at our house (nine adults, four dogs, two children and a partridge in a pear tree) followed by a nonchalant New Year. It certainly was a quiet affair for us Wilford’s; after years of hard-core partying (then last year we were both hard-core working) this year saw a rare night in – eating Chinese while watching Die Hard 2 and Queen.

With New Year come’s resolutions. The usual ‘eat more salad’ ‘hit the gym’ and ‘drink less alcohol’ (guilty of making and breaking all three just twenty two days in).

Seriously though, one resolution I always stay true to is to make sure that I never lose sight of what I love; reading and writing.

Over the past couple of years, I suppose I’ve struggled to be as regimented as I first was when I started this blog. Everyday life got in the way – we moved house, said house needed to be furnished and decorated and by the time we finished (well, got two-thirds of the way through) I got a new job and then my dad moved in for four months.

Why am I using these as excuses?

Moving house is an obvious time-thief so no explanation required.

The new job catapulted me from the lonely world of shift work to the chaotic Mon-Fri regime. Suddenly days off were no longer quiet weekdays tucked away with my laptop and books; they became noisy, chaotic weekends. The two fastest days in the week where you catch up on sleep, cleaning, shopping and most importantly PEOPLE. You get invited out to the pub/cinema/bowling alley and you go – because you can and because you now have what is called a LIFE.

However, the lonely world of shift work’s advantage to a reader, writer and blogger meant that I could do just that – focus on what I loved. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not ungrateful for the job that I now have; it’s Project Managing and I’m finally doing something I love for a day job (spread sheet heaven!). I still get to read a couple of chapters before bed – I just struggle to create precious time to write.

Why is my dad moving in an excuse? Well, the room I use for my study became his store-room. And yes, I know I could snuggle on the settee with my laptop like the good old days in the flat, but there was too much going in the house to distract me. Then Christmas came and we hosted. ’nuff said.study2

The point I’m getting at is that as I type this, I’m wistfully sat back at my desk, in my study, tucked away from the world listening to my ‘writing’ playlist all chilled out. Sure there’s piles of books surrounding me (thanks Mr & Mrs Harvey for some of those) waiting for a bookcase to love them. Oh and have you checked out Mrs Harvey’s fab blog ‘Marrvellous Things’? It’s an insightful look into a mommy’s world. Check her out here –

So what do I have planned for this year? Well, I would like to finish the historic novel that I’m ghost-writing and I think I’m going to revampDying to Sin Ruby (again!)

But for now, as ‘Once Upon a Time In The West’ glides out of my speakers, I’m going to sit back in my writing sanctuary and read a few more chapter’s of Stephen Booth’s ‘Dying to Sin’ .

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Writing Process Blog Tour

WEDNESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2014

A fellow #GoTeamPIF member Martha Emms has tagged me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. This is a blog hop where authors are asked to share their insights into the writing life.

I have to answer four questions and tag fellow authors and bloggers to take part …

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What are you working on?

I have a few writing projects on the go at the moment.

The first one is a recession based chick-lit novel, which I’m currently in the heavy editing stages of.

The second one is a Sci-Fi novel I started as part of NaNoWriMo last November. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it as part of the challenge but it’s definitely a story that needs to be told!

The third one I’m ghost-writing a historic novel that is set during World War Two.

In between these projects I also blog on here about the books that I read and the stories that I write as well as regular author interviews on my ‘Cuppa and a Catch-up’ feature.

002-pola03How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I want to focus on the historic novel that I’m ghost writing. It’s based on a true story that is captivating. I don’t want to give too much away due to a privacy contract at this stage but this book has everything. The storyline is incredible and uplifting – it restores faith in human nature at a time when the world has been ripped apart by war. It’s factual, it follows an emotional journey of a strong, single woman raising her adoptive daughter using the world to educate her. Intrigued?? Watch this space!

Why do you write what you do?

To date, I’ve spread myself across a lot of genres so I would describe myself as a scatty writer. As above, I have numerous writing projects on-going at one time and they are all of different genres. I suppose it matches my personality. I write what I want to write. The Ruby of Egypt stemmed from a picture book I read when I was younger of a black cat in Egypt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and Ruby’s story just had to be told.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

The Sci-Fi novel came to me in a dream so vivid that I almost believe it was real. When I awoke, I knew that I had to write this story. Dreams are fickle and there’s not many that we remember, but when there’s one we simply can’t forget it just has to be shared.

My chick-lit novel was written during a bit of a low point in my life. I’d lost a job that I enjoyed doing and needed somewhere to channel my frustration. Two months into 2012 and the first draft was complete. There’s still a long journey ahead with this until I’m entirely happy with it, but it served it’s purpose as a form of therapy at the time.

The historic novel is one that I’m writing in collaboration with a relative. I’m fascinated by stories from the World Wars, in particular the roles of women and the impact that they had on society at the time. It’s very empowering. This story encompasses that and I’m proud to be a part of it.

How does your writing process work?

I blast a page as fast as I can type with the words that tumble out of my brain, with little regard for spelling or punctuation inEditing2 my first draft. I have to get the story out there – get it told. I then go back and colour in between the lines in the editing stages, making it pretty by tidying up the spelling, punctuation and grammar and also adding depth to the story and characters.

Being a bit of a daydreamer with my head in the clouds, I used to make stories up in my head as I got ready for school. The story would follow on each day  and sometimes I would write them down.

Oh yeay – and read. Read, read, read, read and read. It’s so simple, yet so effective. It’s wise to read your own work but more important to read someone elses. There’s so much to be learnt from other writers.

Now over to you Sylvia Stein and Chrissie Parker!

Sylvia Stein

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.

She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.

While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.

With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.

Closure is her debut book as a solo writer.   To quote author Stein,  “ This is the first of many to come.”

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Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.
After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of find herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.
Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.
A phone call changes everything.
Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?

Chrissie Parker

Chrissie Parker Author PicChrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry. She is also an Author. “Integrate” a suspense Novella, is her first release. She is currently working on two suspense books due for release in 2014. One is set in Egypt and the other on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.
Chrissie is passionate about History, Archaeology and travel, and has completed two 6 months Archaeology and Egyptology course with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books and listen to music.
To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com

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Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Happy Third Birthday Blog!

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST 2014

It’s three years ago today since I made myself comfortable on my corner sofa in our little flat, fired up the laptop and created Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

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We’d not long been back from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, where I’d been a bridesmaid to one of my best friends. Despite the high of that holiday, I’d come home to discover there was trouble in my parents’ paradise. That August, I was also in my third month of being redeployed into a job working shifts in a role that I didn’t want to be in.

Seventy ThousandBut it gave me the time to focus on my reading and writing, and so this blog really did become my world – my distraction. I’d always read books, usually a couple of chapter’s a night before bed. I found that I started to read a lot more and used books as a form of Ruby Competitionescapism.

It gave me the drive to self publish the paperback version of ‘The Ruby of Egypt’ in December 2011. The kindle version shortly followed in January 2012.

That year, I wrote the first draft of my novel ‘Little Miss Pooshoe’ in January and February, attended creative writing classes at the local high school (which became my Creative Writing Café feature), joined Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF in the September and my nephew was born in the October. During all of this, the author interview feature ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’ was born. It was a hard year as my parents separation became final.

Go Team PIF2013 was a busy year – after eight years of waiting we finally managed to sell our flat and buy our house. This left little time for writing. It wasn’t for the want of trying – I did try to complete NaNoWriMo in the November however there was too much to do around the house and general day-to-day life got in the way. On a positive note, it gave me the makings of a Science Fiction novel ‘The Arm of Northumberland’ which is a longstanding WIP. It’s a story I need to tell as it all stemmed from an Cuppa and a Catch up picextremely vivid dream …

Oh – and Ruby’s book trailer was created in February 2013.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013The Ruby of Egypt was also revised and revamped with a new cover, courtesy of Carl Harvey.

The start of 2014 was a struggle as my working lifestyle really did get me down. Fast forward to August and I’ve got a new job, two new nieces, set up my own freelance writing business and I’m now ghost-writing a historic novel for a family member. My parents sold the family home yesterday and officially went their separate ways – which all seems so fitting now.

 

Life has a funny way of just falling into place.

Today, I had the wonderful surprise of meeting up with my grandparents (from Nottingham) whose mystery tour bus holiday they were on brought them to Gateshead.Freelance Bus Cards

The last three years have been a chapter of my life that have moulded me. There’s been difficult times but there has also been really good times. I’ve surrounded myself with other people’s stories by constantly immersing myself in books. Looking back I’m proud of the work that I’ve accomplished. Here’s to the next three years and what opportunities they may bring.

So thank you for reading and thank you Charity Rattiner for pointing me in the direction of wordpress.

This really has been Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

A Chapter Excerpt from ‘Closure’ – a novella by Sylvia Stein

WEDNESDAY 20th AUGUST 2014

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.

She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.

While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.

With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.

Closure is her debut book as a solo writer.   To quote author Stein,  “ This is the first of many to come.”

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CHAPTER ONE

Oct 15, 1999

Dear Diary,

I will never forget the day my mother passed away. I can recall that moment as if it were yesterday.

My life changed forever.

There was once a time when I thought life was perfect. After all, my mother and father were high school sweethearts. It seemed like they would be together forever.

Or so I thought.

Sadly, for our family, it was not to be.

Her death was the beginning of a nightmare . . . my nightmare.

Like most children, I did not understand the concept of time. There were many nights when the side effects of my mother’s chemo woke our family. I could hear her coughs and knew she was in pain. She attempted to mask it from us, but there are some things you cannot hide.

Mother developed breast cancer. It runs in her side of the family, and something I must watch for. Breast cancer is not the monster of my nightmares. That monster is my father.

One day, my mother was there, and the next day—I am walking into a big home and facing a large box.

For the longest time, I stood holding my father’s hand while looking at our reflection on the shiny wooden box.

The room began to fill with noise.

Confused, I looked over my shoulder and faced a dark, blue curtain.

“What’s that Daddy?” I asked.

“Everyone is coming to say goodbye.”

“Who’s goin’ away?”

He picked me up.

Inside was my mother, she looked peaceful.

Mommy is sleeping, I thought.

Delighted to see her with color and resting. I turned and whispered into my father’s ear, “Ssshhhh! Mommy is sleeping. Daddy, she’s not sick no more.”

“Sweetie,” he whispered. A jagged breath and wet heat caressed my ear.

Daddy’s crying?

Lost for words, I patted his back.

His sobs deepened.

“Oh, Sara. Mommy’s going away, but don’t worry, we’re still a family.”

Young and confused, nothing made sense. My father was crying, my mother was in a box, and people behind a curtain were there to say goodbye. Mother looked good, happy and without pain. How could someone who finally looked peaceful decide to leave?

The curtains opened.

Lost and confused, I searched the room for help.

Father carried me to the first seat and sat me down.

A strange man stood and described how wonderful my mother was. The air, the room, and, well, everything felt wrong. 

Mommy is there! Why does he keep saying she is with God? I want my mom! my mind shouted.

I tried to talk but tears and the world consumed me.

Then I saw a man with a collar come up to my father and whispered something in his ear. Moments later, the man closed the lid to the box my mom was in.

Five men and my father picked up mommy’s box and began carrying it out of the room. Angered by strangers carrying that infernal box, I ran in front of their path and tried to stop them.

Before I could say a word, a large, warm hand swallowed mine.

Startled, I tried to scream, but saw into my father’s heartbroken eyes.

“It’ll be alright,” my father assured me.

He lied.

Thanks to him and his abuse, I live with night terrors, have panic attacks, and suffer from stress-induced grand mal seizures. Over time, I have lost hope, and do not know if I will ever feel normal again.

~Sara

~If you would like to be known more about Author Stein’s books here is a link of them~

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Giant Tales Beyond The Mystic Doors

Giant Tales From The Misty Swamp

Giant Tales World of Pirates

Lava Storm in the Neighbourhood

Giant Tales Dangerous Days

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Mischaela Advani

WEDNESDAY 13th AUGUST 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Mischaela Advani, author of ‘How To Run In Heels’.

~Author Bio~

authorphotosMischaela Advani is a writer, businesswoman, and UN advocate working to advance women’s rights and equality. She studied Business with a focus in Marketing and Finance at the prestigious Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While in college she was the official liaison between the United Nations Association and Indiana University, and the editor of Primary Source, the university’s oldest student run scholarly publication.  She writes for a variety of publications on business development, women in business, and emerging technology. Mischaela sits on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Chicago’s thriving fashion community and organizing runway shows and fashion events all over the city. She is married to a hectically busy entrepreneur, and resides in the heart of downtown Chicago with her husband and their English Bulldog Sir Wimbledon.

 

~Book Overview~

How To Run In Heels inspires women to “run in heels” in business and in life. Through the life stories of 30 lady moguls, women can bookcovermockadopt the “running in heels” mentality….which boils down to living your life with power and purpose without compromising what makes women inherently powerful. It might still be a man’s world in many ways, but through learning how to “run in heels” women will discover how to harness their unique gifts and lady power to make 10,000 little cracks in the glass ceilings of politics, business, and the world at large. Running in heels means running the world or running your business with the confidence that comes with owning who you are, as a professional and as a woman whether your heels are Prada or Payless…maybe they’re  even cross-trainers (ala trailblazer and filibuster wonderwoman  Governor Wendy Davis). Glass ceiling…meet stiletto

Now grab that cuppa as we catch up with Mischaela Advani.

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Hi Mischaela and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Where did the inspiration behind this book come from?

The inspiration for writing this book came from a few different places. I have always admired the witty “chick lit” writing of Plum Sykes (author of cult classic Bergdorf Blondes) and have always torn open my letterbox when the latest issue of Vogue was in it just to read her pieces. Ever since developing an appetite for her work, I’ve wanted to write something in a similar vein. On a separate note, as a woman in tech and a businesswoman, I’ve seldom come across books that are substantial and smart as well as stylish and fun …they are always one or the other. So I decided to pair traditional business literature with what is often known as “chick lit” to speak to a generation of Millennial women who are making their own rules in business and in life.

I’m inspired by women who create the world they live in, and these women run the gamut from Madame CJ Walker to Lady Gaga. I wanted to distill their life stories and words of wisdom into a beach read, a light hearted and fun book that women can read on their planes or in their salons.

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

This book is definitely a departure from my previous pieces, as I’ve never written anything slightly humorous. I’ve done a great deal of fashion journalism, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Foundation and as a writer …but this is my first venture into the business coaching/self-improvement arena. It’s definitely my authentic editorial voice, which was really cathartic to get out …too often I’ve had to write for a more conservative and affluent reader who is a bit older. I’m glad to be able to be a bit audacious in my first book.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

As a child I was enamoured of writing, and always knew I’d be an author. I’ve written or edited semi-professionally since college. I was the editor of my university’s oldest scholarly journal, Primary Source, a publication that has been around since the 1820s. It was through reading all of the beautifully written research and op-ed pieces that I truly dug into my love of words.. As I said before, Plum Sykes is one of my biggest inspirations in terms of writing. I truly identify with her editorial voice and feel a lot of her influence in my own writing. Through reading her pieces in Vogue and re-reading her novels, the fire within me to write grew bigger and bigger.

How do you organise your writing time?

I tend to organize my writing time based on how creative I am feeling at the time. For me, it doesn’t matter how busy I am or what I have going on. Some days are just “writing days”, as most writers would probably also say. Some days the words pour out like a monsoon, and other days you’d be hard pressed to squeeze out a sentence or two.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I might be the oddball, but I tend to love to write in public. Give me sidewalk or terrace seating at a little café and I’m set. I think the energy of people working and chatting around me helps me focus on what I want to say. The change of scenery as opposed to the same navy blue walls of my apartment helps me crank out good work. I realize I’m in the minority, as most writers tend to write by candlelight at their wooden desks late at night, but I’m happiest with a cappuccino and a laptop in the sunshine.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

Not many people know that I’m a speed reader. I can read, on average, about 600+ words per minute and definitely go much faster when I’m in a hurry or very engaged with a book. I’ve finished entire novels in 2 hours or less. In college, it definitely came in handy both at Primary Source and in my coursework.

Thank you for being here today Mischaela.

~Where to find Mischaela~

Twitter: @mischaelaadvani 

Web: http://www.mischaela.mobi/

Blog: http://howtoruninheels.tk/  (the blog ties in with the book)

Book Twitter Handle: @runinheelsbook

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 Love Missuswolf xxx

 

As one Chapter closes on my life, so another opens …

WEDNESDAY 16th JULY 2014

Today, I said farewell (again!) to working in a busy emergency services control room, which has been my ‘day’ job (the role has involved working to a shift pattern) for the past three years.

I was redeployed into this role in May 2011 following deletion of a Project and Performance job that I adored. This meant adapting to a new lifestyle so, to stop myself going stir crazy, I launched myself into the wonderful world of books. I read on every break, during down time on nightshift and on all of my days off. Agents

Books became my comfort blanket.

In August 2011, four months into the job, I went for a lovely lunch with my American friend, Charity. Over fizz and food in Bar Luga, we discussed our shared interests; reading, writing and photography.

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Picture from Facebook by Eric Fritschi

It was Charity who suggested that I set up a blog and pointed me in the direction of WordPress. After sitting on this suggestion for a few days, I finally took the plunge.

Missuswolf’s StoryLand was born.

It’s strange how some people come into your life and have a profound effect. Charity lives on the other side of the world and I see her once a year if I’m lucky. That date back in August 2011 was definitely one of those clichéd life-changers.

So here I am, nearly three years later, a happy blogger.

Editing2Alas, the frustration and anger from being redeployed wasn’t wasted; I took that pent up negativity and set up my Novel Project 2012. In January and February 2012, I wrote my recession based chick-lit novel, which is still in the heavy editing stages and undergoing a title change.

September 2011 saw me join Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team, where I’ve met a solid support network of like-minded people from across the globe.

In December 2011, I polished off a children’s story that I had written the previous summer and self published it.

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The Ruby of Egypt was born.

I introduced a weekly Author Interview feature on my blog ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’.

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In March 2014, I set up self-employed as freelance writer and I’m now ghost-writing a historic novel.

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As I look back on the last three years, as tough as they have been, it’s only fuelled my determination to do what I love.

And perseverance certainly pays off.

Tonight, one chapter closes on a section of my life. It’s been a tough one, but one I will no doubt look back on in my later years with a fondness. It’s been a character building chapter.

Tomorrow, I wake up to a whole new chapter. A Project Manager job that I have always wanted and back in the ‘real world’, a Monday to Friday nine-til-fiver. Oh, and my first drinks evening networking for Engage Magazine. Another positive to come out of the last three years.

As I close one chapter tonight, I will sleep well knowing that although the road was rocky, I never gave up – that I found my inner strength and determination to lead me to this cliff-hanger where I’m desperate to turn the page …

Good night readers.

Love a very happy Missuswolf xxx