Starting as we mean to go on.

Spring got off to a good start this month for Brixham Writer’s Group. Thanks to Patricia Maw’s relentless enthusiasm for the cause we were chosen as one of this month’s featured groups in Writing Magazine!

“From the beginning it was decided to dispense with a formal committee”, Trish says. “Members take it in turns to set a subject for homework and then take the chair at our weekly meetings at the library. We might get a story out of the subject or we might ignore it altogether and bring in a piece of work in progress to read. We do try for constructive criticism and with a mixed bunch of writers it sometimes sparks a lively debate.”

We had a group photo published and everything and I think more than anything else we all appreciate the opportunity to shout about what a truly great group we are, what good friends, and how important it is for writers to have the support of other like minded individuals.

As Trish herself says; “The support of the group through the good times and encouragement in the droughts, is something that we all appreciate. I certainly do. Without the help of the group I probably would not have been published.”

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Русские романы из Кейт Фернивалл – Russian novels of Kate Furnivall

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Our talented author Kate Furnivall visited the Russian Department of Exeter University to talk about her novels set in Russia. Now over to you Кейт Фернивалл.

One of the delights of writing is that I never know where it will take me next – not only to weird and wonderful places inside my own head, but also to unexpected locations out there in the real world that exists beyond the four walls of my study.

It came as a bolt from the blue to be invited to give a talk to the Russian department of Exeter University. You could have knocked me down with a babushka! But a Russian specialist at the uni, Dr Muireann Maguire, had, unknown to me, been busy reading my books which are set in Russia in the 1930s and became caught up in the world they portrayed. As a result, she was keen for me to come and talk about why I placed my stories there (my grandmother was a White Russian) and how I did my research.

So off I went to Exeter Uni on a bright sunny morning and I enjoyed a very interesting time. My audience was enthusiastic – though I had a bit of a scary moment when I saw a whole bunch of lecturers from the Russian department troop in at the back to listen. There was also an interesting piece by Dr Maguire on the complexities of translating Russian authors into English. As my own Russian trilogy has been translated into Russian and published in Russia and the Ukraine, I am always keen to learn more about how it is done.

At the end, the head of the Exeter’s ‘Twinned-with-Russia’ Committee came over for a chat for a report on my talk for their local magazine. Afterwards I was whisked off to a super meal in the smart restaurant in this gorgeous Palladian building on campus – the last place I ever imagined my Russian heroine, Lydia, would take me!

Thank you Kate and we eagerly await the launch of your latest novel The Italian WThe Italian Wifeife.

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To find out about Kates novels visit her AUTHOR PAGE

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Into the Distance a compelling historical romance.

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The year is 1900. A new century is dawning.Into The Distance

Twenty one year old orphaned Leonie Grant sets sail for Australia on the SS Britannic with dreams of a new start and new career at heart.

She and her recently bereaved aunt and guardian, Ruth Fox, are joining Ruth’s brother on his farm in the outback to escape their poverty in England.

But can she truly escape her past?

Ruth is keeping something from Leonie, and she begins to suspect that her aunt is hiding a dark secret.

On board the Britannic, Leonie befriends the handsome, mischievous journalist, Adam Mallory, and finds herself growing closer to him after he saves her from a thief in the markets of Port Said in Egypt.

But Ruth disapproves of his choice of career, and Leonie is also drawn to Captain Clyde Ferguson – a soldier she met years before in her old home in Devon, in a chance encounter. Ruth seems to approve of their friendship, until suddenly and inexplicably she turns against him.

What does Captain Ferguson have to do with Leonie’s past?

And should Leonie obey her aunt’s wishes, or allow herself to become involved with one of the unsuitable young men?

And, most important of all, which man should she fall for?

‘Into the Distance’ is a compelling historical romance filled with adventure and dark family secrets.

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Author Brenda MacKenzie Celebrates

Today we are celebrating with our author Brenda MacKenzie, her novel Into The Distance is published with Endeavour Press. Brenda is a well established travel writer and this is her first novel. We absolutely love the stunning cover and can’t wait to read it. Click on Brenda’s novel to download your copy. Into The Distance The year is 1900. A new century is dawning.

Twenty one year old orphaned Leonie Grant sets sail for Australia on the SS Britannic with dreams of a new start and new career at heart.

She and her recently bereaved aunt and guardian, Ruth Fox, are joining Ruth’s brother on his farm in the outback to escape their poverty in England.

But can she truly escape her past?

Ruth is keeping something from Leonie, and she begins to suspect that her aunt is hiding a dark secret.

On board the Britannic, Leonie befriends the handsome, mischievous journalist, Adam Mallory, and finds herself growing closer to him after he saves her from a thief in the markets of Port Said in Egypt.

But Ruth disapproves of his choice of career, and Leonie is also drawn to Captain Clyde Ferguson – a soldier she met years before in her old home in Devon, in a chance encounter. Ruth seems to approve of their friendship, until suddenly and inexplicably she turns against him.

What does Captain Ferguson have to do with Leonie’s past?

And should Leonie obey her aunt’s wishes, or allow herself to become involved with one of the unsuitable young men?

And, most important of all, which man should she fall for?  

If you want to find out more about Brenda visit her AUTHOR PAGE

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A Cup of Coffee Anyone?

Author Jenny Kane – The Perfect Blend: Coffee and Kane – invited our own Tricia Maw for an interview about writing her novel No More Secrets, so over to you Jenny.

“I am honoured today to have the wonderful Tricia Maw as my guest- writing her very first guest blog! Many thanks for taking the plunge into guest blogger-dom with us today!

Over to you Tricia…

First, I’d like to thank Kay for inviting me on to her blog.

This is a first for me as I’ve never blogged before. I know! I should move with the times but, and those who know me may not believe this, I hate talking about myself!

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Anyway, here goes:

NO MORE SECRETS was written about 20 years ago when I was convinced I was going to make my fortune writing for Mills & Boon. I spent one long, hot summer lying in my garden in leafy Warwickshire reading nothing but M&B’s and telling myself it would be easy. How wrong I was!

I was also doing a WEA course in Creative Writing in Leicester at about the same time as a lot of new women’s magazines were appearing and wanting short stories. Again, I thought this would be easy and also instant. Again, I was wrong!

The year after I finished the course, I moved to Devon and joined the local Writers Group. I soon found out how lucky I was – and still am.

Brixham Writers is an exceptional group of people who all write commercially. One of the original founders of the group is Anne Goring who has had several historical Sagas published by Hodder Headline. She also writes lovely stories for Woman’s Weekly. Kate Furnivall is a bestseller with LittleBrown and Linda Mitchelmore has sold many, many stories as well as her novels with ChocLit. And there are lots more of us.

A few months after joining this wonderful group I sold my first story to Woman’s Weekly and then went on to sell quite a few to TAB’s Fiction Feast, as well as most of the other magazines.

I’ve also got a short story in SHIVER, a collection of spooky stories published by Accent Press and I’m in their Christmas collection WISHING ON A STAR – both are available on Amazon Kindle.

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Meanwhile, I’d finished my M&B, sent it out, had it rejected and started about 6 other ones, never getting beyond Chapter I.

Then, a couple of years ago M&B (yes, them again) started something called New Voices on line where you could submit the first Chapter of your novel. I promptly dusted off NO MORE SECRETS, which had gone through a couple of name changes and several re-writes, and submitted it. They had over 1100 entries and, although I didn’t win (obviously) I did get on the long list and they asked if they could critique it on-line. The feedback was so positive that a good friend suggested I send it to AudioGo who bought it straight away. So you can imagine my utter despair when, 4 months later, they went into liquidation!  Determined not to give up, I sent it to Accent Press (I had met Hazel some years previously) and to my delight, it was published in June last year under their new line Accent Amour. I am now working on my second.

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Here is an extract from NO MORE SECRETS. The inspiration was the view from my window in Brixham which looked across the harbour to the site of an old boatyard where a marina was being built. I imagined my heroine. Charlotte Pascoe, returning home to work with her father in the family boatyard, only to discover he is about to the sell the site to Raphael da Silva, a property developer.

‘Good morning, Charlotte. You look as delectable as ever’ Raphael’s eyes travelled lazily over her body, one eyebrow raised as he took in the severity of her clothes, before turning back to the marine prints he’d been studying. ‘These are delightful. Where did you find them?’

‘Matt gave some of them to me,’ she answered uncertainly, unsure how long his apparent good mood would last. ‘The others I bought myself.’

‘I’m glad to see you’re settling in. Have you been busy?’

‘Yes,’ she smiled, relaxing slightly. ‘But I’m enjoying it.’

‘What were you doing with James Hammond last night?’

His abrupt change of subject caught her off guard. ‘I don’t think that’s any of your business.’

Two strides and he was hard up against her. Her body imprisoned between his and the desk. He undid the single button of her jacket at the same time as his mouth came down  against hers, demanding a response. His kiss was brutal but his hands were gentle, slowly caressing her skin through the soft silk of her blouse. As they reached the swell of her breasts she stiffened, trying to move her head. He raised his lips briefly, his eyes glittering. ‘Don’t fight me, Charlotte,’ he breathed against her mouth before his lips descended again. She felt his hands close round her breasts and, very deliberately, his palms circled her nipples until they rose into hard peaks.

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NO MORE SECRETS by Tricia Maw is published by Accent Press under their Amour line and is available as a ebook on Amazon – price .99p or as a paperback also from Amazon andAmazon.com

Thank you Jenny Kane

If you want to know more about Tricia and her writing visit her AUTHOR PAGE

 

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Writers Who Blog

We all do it. Some of us more enthusiastically than others. So what is it?

Blogging.

As authors we love to blog, to share our passion for writing. Which of the members of Brixham Writers regularly write blogs, we hear you ask? So we would be very churlish if we didn’t share some of our favourite Brixham Writer’s blogs.

FishSoup_Front-400aMichelle J Heatley welcomes you to share her news and to enjoy a taste of Fish Soup on her interesting blog Michelle Heatley – Author

The Italian WifeKate Furnivall keeps her worldwide fans up-to-date with all her book launches and travels to research her next novel on Kate Furnivall

Emm and her daughterLinda Mitchelmore is a regular contributor to Novel Points of View an interesting and informative blog where five writers share their passion for their craft. Why not dip into to Novel Points of View

Click on the book covers to find out more about these Brixham Authors.

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Celebrate Good Times with Linda Mitchelmore

The New Year brings the first publication from one of our authors, Emma And Her Daughter. This is the third novel in Linda Mitchelmore’s trilogy set in South Devon. Linda has already received fantastic reviews for To Turn Full Circle and Emma: There’s No Turning Back. But don’t let me waffle on, here is the author herself talking about her novels.

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“I didn’t set out to write a trilogy, much as many parents don’t set out to have a third child … they sort of come along in their own time, to bring balance to life. I wrote TO TURN FULL CIRCLE as a stand alone novel, but the second I’d written THE END I knew that wasn’t the end of my heroine’s story. And so EMMA: THERE’S NO TURNING BACK was born. And the same thing happened again! Emma’s dearest wish, her deepest longing – to have a child of her own – hadn’t been fulfilled. I wanted that for her. And so I wrote on.

EMMA AND HER DAUGHTER is the third book in my ‘Emma’ trilogy, published by Choc Lit. As the first two books were, it is set in Devon, England. This book opens in 1927 when Emma and her daughter, Fleur (well, much-loved stepdaughter) return from Canada. Emma is now a widow and has to earn money to support them both. Although Emma’s husband, Seth, left them well-provided for, that money won’t last forever. In books one and two, Emma had run baking businesses, but I felt for her to be doing the same thing in book three would be a tarte Tatin and a crab soup too far. So I took Emma out of the kitchen and turned her into a dressmaker with an atelier full of fabulous fabrics. The 1920s was a very interesting time for women and I had a wonderful time looking through back copies of Vogue and biographies of Coco Chanel, and books on fashions and food and transport of the times. But it’s not all fancy frocks for Emma … her dearest wish has yet to be fulfilled. Will a man from Emma’s past, who has always had a piece of her heart, be the man to do help her? Matthew Caunter, Emma wants to know – where might he be? Well, he’s nearer than she thinks … but you’ll need to read EMMA AND HER DAUGHTER for yourself to find out what happens next.”

Thank you Linda we can’t wait to read it and if you want to find all about Linda and her wonderful novels and e-books visit her author page HERE

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No Tricks, Just Treats

It may be Halloween and the night when things go bump in the night, but here at Brixham Writers we only bring you treats.

The first treat is the launch of our talented writer Ian Carr’s first novel Sons of Natal published by Endeavour Press.

British NSons of Natalatal stands on the brink of the Anglo-Zulu war. 
The British High Commissioner is seeking to provoke the native Zulus into rising up against the British invaders, to start a war which will give the British an excuse to rule the whole of southern Africa.
The colonialists are gathering their forces, in fear of the Zulu king’s warriors.

Visit Ian’s Author Page to find out more CLICK HEREWishing on a Star

Our talented novelist Tricia Maw has one of her wonderful stories in the Accent Press Christmas anthology Wishing on a Star. We think the cover is wonderful and just the right stocking filler for someone special.

Visit Tricia’s Author Page CLICK HERE

Novelist Michelle Heatley as a busy week with her novel Fish Soup.

On Saturday 1st NoveFishSoup_Front-400amber she will be at Totnes Library between 9am and 11am.

Then on Saturday 8 November she will be appearing at Brixham Writers favourite bookshop Torbay Bookshop from 11am.

 

Visit Michelle’s Blog HERE more information.

Or Visit Michelle’s Author Page CLICK HERE

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Anne Goring Goes Digital

One of the founding members of Brixham Writers, Anne Goring, has now gone digital.

Four of her novels have now been published by Headline as e-books on Amazon and through other e-book sellers. You will be able to read it on your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, on your Laptop or Tablet.

We are thrilled that Anne’s great novels can be discovered by new readers and we are certain that they will love Anne’s books as much as we do.

Visit Anne’s Author Page CLICK HERE

 

 

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Kate Furnivall is interviewed by Lucy Walton

Here’s an interview Kate did with the lovely Lucy Walton for www.femalefirst.co.uk about THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN.

Kate says ‘It’s always fun to do interviews because it prompts me to discover new things Far Side of the Sunabout myself and about the craft of writing that I wasn’t aware of until I apply myself to the questions. Thanks, Lucy.’

We think it is a fascinating insight into Kate’s wonderful writing.

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