Hey there, lovely reader,
New year, new you? I hope not. I think you're pretty great as you are. 😊
Today, I have updates on my wip, some recommended authors whose writing is set in earlier eras, and what to do if you don't follow me on Amazon.
Always learning, always thinking . . .
My husband often says this to me, usually accompanied by a tap on the side of his nose. 🙄 😊
I'm cracking away with Diana #5. There's a lot of research that goes into these books and one of the things I love about writing is the learning that goes on. Thank goodness for the internet, especially Google and YouTube. This week I learned:
- how to start a motorcycle
- how to talk to someone while wearing a bike helmet
- that Canadians have speed limits in kilometers per hour for cars but in miles per hour for trains
- about laws as they relate to international waters
Don't forget you can bring yourself up to date on Diana's story by reading the prequel (sign up here to get your free download link) and the four books so far in the Diana Hunter series:
Hunted (starter library)
A dive into the past
I don't usually recommend other authors as I want to be able to vouch for the books by reading them first and I don't have time to read an awful lot. But today I have three authors I like and who I want to share with you.
The first is Peter Bartram. Some of you will have heard me recommend him in the past. He has recently gained the rights back to his early work and rebranded his mystery series. His protagonist is Colin Crampton, a journalist, and the setting is Brighton, England in the sixties. Peter himself was a journalist in Brighton and the surrounding area in, you've guessed it, the 1960's. If you are nostalgic for that time and enjoy a rolicking good mystery, these will be right up your street.
The second is Kelly Mason. Kelly is another English mystery writer. She writes historical and paranormal cozies. Kelly also lives on the south coast of England and says she is inspired by the seaside town she lives in. Her historical cozy protagonist is Lady Ellen and the era is the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. If historical cozies are your thing, you might want to give this series a try.
Lastly, I want to recommend a memoir. Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me, and the BBC is written by Rory Cellan-Jones, a former BBC journalist and producer. The child of a brief love affair between two unmarried BBC employees, Rory was brought up in London by his single mother during the fifties and sixties. When clearing out her home in a block of flats named Ruskin Park, Rory found a pile of letters left for him by his mother which completely upturned his opinion of her. This is a look back over her life and also that of the lives of women during that era that many of you, I'm sure, will be able to relate to.
Do you follow me on Amazon?
If you don't, please consider it. This will tell Amazon that you enjoy my books and they'll send you recommendations and new release information so you'll never miss anything. There is a button under the cover on the book page or if on a mobile, keep scrolling and eventually you'll see it under the “About the author” section.
Right, I'd better get back to it. I'll be back with more news, novelties and titbits next Thursday. Have a lovely week!