All Will Be Revealed…

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The past two weeks have been busy for me. As the publication date of ‘Your Eighties’ draws ever closer, I have found myself juggling a number of tasks with non-negotiable deadlines. Yesterday, all that time spent tweaking text, stressing over outcomes, and generally having a nervous breakdown every other day were blown into oblivion when I received my proof copy. Like the pain of childbirth disappearing as soon as a mother holds her baby, the hours I spent locked away from the outside world, in a blur of words, swearing under my breath (and more often out loud), faded to a distant memory as I held the fruits of my labour in my hands.

This Sunday (8th November), you will be able to see one of the reasons why I was so excited, when the book’s cover is revealed. ‘Your Eighties‘ will also be available for pre-order from Sunday, prior to its publication on Saturday 28th November. I eagerly await publication day as it is also when my book launch party will be held. With live music from Kent-based Ska band Skatacus, and an 80’s disco with none other than Erkan Mustafa (Grange Hill’s Roland Browning) on the decks, it promises to be a fantastic evening. It will also give me the chance to meet Natalie Owen, the talented designer of the book’s cover, and to catch up with neglected friends and family, who have commented on more than one occasion that they “need an appointment just to speak” to me!

One enjoyable aspect of my hectic schedule this week has been my interview with the Write Romantics. Last year, I contributed a short story to their anthology of Winter Fiction, published to raise funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Teenage Cancer Trust. This week, the Write Romantics invited me to talk about ‘Your Eighties’, and they are due to publish the interview on their blog this Saturday (7th November). They have the ability to tease out previously unrevealed disclosures from me, so I will be reading it with some trepidation! Let me know your thoughts…

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P.S. The Kindle version of ‘My Eighties’ is currently FREE on Amazon until ‘Your Eighties’ cover reveal on Sunday.

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Last Christmas – Wham!

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Not that I need an excuse to post one of my favourite Christmas videos from the Eighties, but anyone who has read my short story “Ghosts of Christmas”, will know this song has a special place in my heart. If you would like to read the story, and help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the process, Click Here to order your copy of Winter Tales: Stories To Warm Your Heart. As well as my contribution, there are 23 other short stories for you to read in the countdown to Christmas, to give you that festive glow. What better early Christmas present?

Winter Tales – Stories to Warm Your Heart

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Although it may now seem like a distant memory, this summer, in the south east of England, was incredibly hot most of the time. I know for a fact that on one July day the weather was sweltering, because this happened to be the day I began to write my contribution to a charity anthology of winter fiction, which is due to be released this Saturday (8th November). If I thought that stepping out of my comfort zone of music journalism was going to be difficult, doing so in temperatures better suited to the Caribbean was not going to make it any easier. This was how I found myself to be in the rather peculiar situation of sitting in my sun-drenched garden, in the middle of July, writing fiction, listening to a CD of Christmas songs. To elaborate on why I felt compelled to do so, I will hand you over to The Write Romantics, for whom I had previously written a guest blog.

“In Spring this year, The Write Romantics – a group of romance writers – were touched by the story of teenager Stephen Sutton and his incredible fundraising achievements. They’d been toying with the idea of compiling an anthology of short stories in aid of charity and decided to turn talk into action. The anthology will be released on 8th November 2014 with all proceeds to be split between The Teenage Cancer Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Alys West and her nephew

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was selected as a second cause close to their hearts as one member of The Write Romantics, Alys West, has a gorgeous three-year-old nephew who battles with CF.

‘Winter Tales – Stories to Warm Your Heart’ is a collection of twenty-four uplifting winter and Christmas-themed short stories, which is now available for pre-order, in paperback and eBook formats, through Amazon.The stories are written by the ten Write Romantics and a selection of published guests and new voices,  including those who have graced the best seller lists. Published guests include Samantha Tonge, Kerry Fisher, Annie Lyons, Rhoda Baxter and Zanna Mackenzie.”

To find out more about the anthology and the two wonderful Anthology Cover (white blurb)young men who inspired it, you can visit thewriteromantics.com. To order your copy, and help two deserving charities in the process, please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Tales-Stories-Warm-Heart-ebook/dp/B00P84UGHA/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415125192&sr=1-4&keywords=The+Write+Romantics

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