Bloggy bit 2022

Hi all

Well, here we are in August already and I hope everyone's managed to survive the furnace-like temperatures and cool off somewhere.

"Peace in Penrurran", the last book I was working on has finally been finished and edited and ready to see the light of day thanks to that lovely team at Bookouture. It has magically turned into "Be Brave for Me" a WW2 historical novel and will be available from August the 26th both as a Kindle and Kobi version or a paperback for those of us who like to hold a book. It's also "audible" narrated by the smashing Mandy Weston. It's the same book I mentioned before, but a different title! I say the same book, but it's a little less flabby than it was before (thanks to the many helpful suggestions of my super editor Ellen Gleeson).

The characters are the same: Maddie and Rudi, her German sweetheart, and I hope readers will be rooting for the pair of them as much as I was when I was writing them. Lots of times, I was very mean to them and pulled them apart, but I believe they would thank me for it, as it comes out all right in the end. After all, they were enemies from two different sides in the WW2 conflict and should have remained that way had not their determination and love overcome the many obstacles put in their way.

There's another WW2 book on the way also - as part of a 3-book series of Cornish Wartime Stories. This one is called Promise You'll Wait and although the characters, Rosie and Danny, have both promised that they'll wait for each other, the war has different ideas and intervenes to split them up. But don't worry - I'm sure it'll be okay, I just have this feeling... This one is also published by Bookouture and is also available as an audio book, again narrated by Mandy.

Enough from me about 'writing books', what about reading? I've read some terrific books this year - have 'reread' some of my old favourites: Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars, Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Erica James Swallowtail Summer and also reread Maggie O'Farrell's The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.

Have also gone back to some of my Lee Child favourites (I'm a sucker for his character Jack Reacher!) and have bought the new Jack Reacher book Better Off Dead, now written by both Lee Child and his brother Andrew. One book really stands out for me this year. It's not an easy book to read because of its content and sad themes but it's well worth reading as it's a powerful, insightful read and so well researched by Christy Lefteri (the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo) and sensitively written. Songbirds shows her passion for any subject she shines a light on. Definitely something to make you think - and not too sad. I should say it would make an excellent book club/reading group choice.

Right, onwards and upwards, back to work! Take care everyone and enjoy all the books that you read and think about how hard their authors worked to take us all to another world. My thanks to all the writers out there who transport us and entertain us, and make us think.

Happy reading!