Statues (and things) in Switzerland…

 

On Friday and Saturday I spent a few hours in Zug, Central Switzerland, on the way to and from Louise Mangos’ Strangers on a Bridge launch do. There’s a lot to like in Zug – a beautiful lake, a lovely historic old town – and some artwork.

 

 

 

 

The old town first – above is the town hall, and on the right here we have early-Saturday empty streets with some wonderful old houses.
Then a flash of colour outside the bank caught my eye…

 

 

 

This figure rotates – isn’t it fabulous? And just moments later I walked past a red man.

Heading towards the lake path, I spotted a statue of some swans and went for a closer look.

A little further, I came across what must be the weirdest piece of artwork in the area. I have no idea what’s happening in the pic below, but a plaque on the grass gives it the rather scary title The Nightwatchman.

Viewing it from a different angle didn’t really help. Yes, that is a streetlamp…

Suggestions on a postcard, please…

And we’ll finish off with a pic of the book launch cake!

 

 

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The Cold Cold Sea – a book with many covers…

During the writing process, I’m not sure what I was expecting to see on the cover of my second book. It had various working titles along the way, until The Cold Cold Sea came to mind while I was looking at photos of Cornwall one day. I suppose I thought my book would look something like the photo below:

 

The first cover suggestions from the publisher arrived, and we settled on one with cliffs and some sea. I can’t find this image now; I think it’s probably stuck in my old computer that was mashed by malware a couple of years ago. However, it looked pretty much like the pic on the left, if you imagine blustery clouds instead of the more distant rock formation.
I liked this cover, but the publisher was never entirely happy with it and before the book was published, they switched the image to the one that has been on the book for the past four years.

 

This cover gives a good indication of the atmosphere in the story. ‘Family holiday with sinister undertones’ is the idea, and while I could see that the cover worked, what disturbed me was the fact that, at the time, there was no mention of beach huts in the book. Fortunately, this was still a few months pre-publication, and I was allowed to add a few sentences and alter the geography of the cove where Olivia went missing. I liked the cover, though I missed the sea – having it on the back of the paperback didn’t seem quite enough.

 

 

A few months after publication, a different edition of my book appeared on the market – in French. Une Mer si Froide came out firstly with France Loisirs and had a small girl at the window as cover image. At last my book had some sea on the front! I was delighted.

 

 

 

 

The Presses de la Cité edition, a year or so later, had even more sea. This cover has a very powerful ‘one moment in time’ feeling. Look at the child’s fingers – she is poised, ready to do – what?
My book had three covers now, and the amount of water on the front was increasing all the time.

 

 

 

 

Then came the hardback edition, also in French. Now the child is in the water – a very unsettling image that goes well with the unsettling story.

 

 

 

 

 

The latest French cover, from Editions Charleston, takes us further away from the sea again. I really like this one. It’s moody,  we have ocean in the background, and the child is strangely transparent, as if she isn’t really there…

 

 

 

 

And now it’s the turn of the English edition. The Cold Cold Sea will be available again this summer, the ebook in late August with the paperback following in September, published by Fabrian Books. And the cover is 100% cold cold water – I love it. Huge thanks here to Debbie at The Cover Collection for all her hard work, and I’m sorry I went through so many ‘like this – no, like that – no, like this again with more…’ changes during the creating process. And shh! – I think I love this cover even more than Chosen Child’s…

 

To finish off with, let’s have another lovely sea pic…

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Wild Orchids in Switzerland

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I went out in search of orchids… wild ones.

Close to the Switzerland-Germany border, there’s a tiny place called Bargen. It’s known for being the most northerly village in the country, and also for its nearby woodland orchid trail. I have to confess I’d never heard of the trail until the day before we set out, but wild orchids sounded fun, and the weather was fabulous, so off we set. It was a journey of public transport interspersed with a couple of mad dashes and the hottest walk ever.

The first hour or so was no problem. We caught the train that meanders along beside Lake Constance and then the Rhine, and alighted at Schaffhausen, nearest large town to the Falls of Rhine. Having checked out where the Bargen bus stop was, we retired to a nearby restaurant for lunch. So far, so good.

It was nearly bus time when we emerged, but the stop was right across the road and – oh. Wait. That didn’t include the afternoon buses – they left from the other side of the station…
Cue mad dash number one. I don’t go jogging now because my knees don’t like it, but I’m often very grateful to that Couch to 5K programme I completed a year or two back. 300m dashes are still possible.

Once on the bus, we recovered slowly, and arrived at Bargen expecting the usual super-efficient Swiss signposting to tell us where to go for the orchids. Um, no. Or maybe we just didn’t see it… Two possible tracks presented themselves, so we took the shady right hand one and set off hopefully up the hill. We did find some nice country scenery to photograph, but it became increasingly obvious that in spite of being on the right, this was not the right track. Back to Bargen.

The left track also went uphill, but was minus the shade. Up and up and on and on we went, the odd tree or clump of bushes providing a moment’s respite from the sun. We passed a couple of farms, were barked at by a dog and had to dodge several cyclists enjoying a lovely cool whizz down to Bargen. At long last we came to a border stone and – the orchid trail. Was it worth it? Oh, yes. (Okay, that orange one might be a lily…)

Photo by B. Göldi

Photo by B. Göldi

Photo by B. Göldi

The track didn’t seem half as long going downhill again. We were about three quarters of the way back when we realised we could either go a whole lot faster and get the next bus in ten minutes, or carry on as we were and wait an hour in Bargen. We’d find a coffee shop there, wouldn’t we? We looked at each other. Bargen was so tiny, a petrol station and a cluster of houses. There might not be a…  Cue mad dash number two.

We made it – just, and arrived back in Schaffhausen in good time for the train. I know now there is a restaurant in Bargen – and next time I go anywhere off the beaten track, I’ll do my pre-hike checks a little more thoroughly…

 

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What (not) to do when you rerelease a book…

As of yesterday, The Paradise Trees is available again on kindle, with the new-cover paperback coming in September. I’m very grateful for all the help I’ve had from the writing and blogging community – you’ve made it so much easier than it might have been, so big thanks all round.

So far, there are just two things I’d have done differently for my re-launch day. People, it is a seriously bad idea to start rearranging your website gallery page from past down to present, to present down to past, on the morning of your re-launch. #whatwasIthinking  And yes, I know 2016 and 2017 still aren’t quite right…
And – if you have one day in the week where you have remnants of your old day job to do, it’s best to avoid releasing your book then too. After all, there are six other days…

However, The Paradise Trees is out there again. I was invited over to Dave Sivers’ blog to answer some Killer Questions. You can read those HERE.
And lovely Neats has an extract on her blog HERE.
And equally lovely Katy has a different extract HERE.
And the first ‘new’ review is HERE on Sarah Hardy’s blog.

Thank you all SO MUCH. We have more blog visits coming up over the next few days, but more about them another time. To finish off with, here’s Maroni, aka Conker in my book. He was an ex-neighbour’s dog and the friendliest creature ever, even if he did spend a lot of his time blocking our driveway…

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Sandra Danby and Connectedness…

A couple of years ago, I met writer Sandra Danby on Twitter (where else…), and I’m very pleased to welcome her to the blog today to talk about her recently-published novel, Connectedness.
The book is described as a tale of art, adoption, romance and loss moving between now and the Eighties, from London’s art world to the bleak isolated cliffs of East Yorkshire and the hot orange blossom streets of Málaga, Spain.
This is the first time we’ve had photos of Spain on the blog, so over to Sandra:

 

Locations
When I decided to use the city of Málaga in Spain as one of the key settings in my latest novel Connectedness, it was a pragmatic choice based on two things: proximity to our home in the countryside near Ronda, and Málaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Connectedness begins with the story of art student Justine Tree who spends a year at art college in Málaga where she falls in love. It was important to show the joy of her love affair, the sense of freedom and strangeness of living abroad, and the possibilities that open up when you are in an unknown place. I’ve selected five locations to explain what I mean.

1 – Paseo del Parque, el biznagero
Justine meets and falls in love with Federico, an architecture student. He becomes her guide to the city, Spanish life and food. Their regular meeting point is a statue in the Paseo del Parque, a green boulevard which runs between the Old Town and the port. El Jazminero, the statue of a jasmine-seller, has since been re-located and re-named El Biznagero. But I retained the original name for my novel. I like his lovelorn posture, flowers clasped in his hand.

 

2 – Paseo del Parque, el cenachero
The statue of El Cenachero, the fish-seller, was originally located in the Paseo del Parque near the jasmine-seller. When I was editing the manuscript, I revisited Málaga to check facts and was horrified to find that both statues had disappeared. With dismay I walked back and forth through the park until at the Tourist Information office I was told of their new locations. The experience was distressing and I used it in my novel: when Justine finally revisits Málaga for the first time in twenty seven years, she too cannot find El Jazminero. To her, he is a long lost friend.

3 – Plaza de la Merced, busy traffic
The influence of Picasso runs throughout the story in two ways. As a child, Justine is encouraged to draw birds by her father who tells her the story of how Pablo, also a child, finished a drawing of a dove abandoned by his father. As a young artist, Justine learns from Picasso’s approach to art; he makes collages, he draws, paints, makes ceramics and sculpts. Picasso also gave me a key location in the story. As a student sharing an apartment in Málaga, Justine lives on the square where Picasso was born. I sat at a café in the Plaza de la Merced and watched life go by, and selected an apartment which I decided was Justine’s.

4 – Malaga cathedral
On our first visit to the city, my husband and I sat in a tourist café next to the cathedral and listened to a gipsy playing guitar. It seemed natural that Justine and Federico should meet in this same cafe on the Plaza del Obispo. Natural also that when Justine is desperate to earn money and decides to sell her paintings, she should set up her stall with the other artists lined up beside the cathedral.

5 – El Palo, the seafront
As Justine’s life in Málaga becomes more troubled, she is taken for lunch to El Palo, a fishing village to the east of the city. This is a delightful old-fashioned place where the Spanish go on holiday, away from the expensive designer beaches and bars of the main city. Children run barefoot along the pavements and the black sand, as the smell of roasting food drifts from the beach barbecues. I chose this setting for Justine’s difficult scene because it appears, at first glance, a happy, sunny place.

Thank you, Sandra! And here’s the intriguing Connectedness blurb, and some more info about Sandra and her writing:

TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL… BUT SHE ALSO HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING

Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student, but only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions does Justine truly understand what she must face.

Is Justine strong enough to admit the secrets and lies of her past? To speak aloud the deeds she has hidden for 27 years, the real inspiration for her work that sells for millions of pounds. Could the truth trash her artistic reputation? Does Justine care more about her daughter, or her art? And what will she do if her daughter hates her?

This tale of art, adoption, romance and loss moves between now and the Eighties, from London’s art world to the bleak isolated cliffs of East Yorkshire and the hot orange blossom streets of Málaga, Spain.

A family mystery for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Lucinda Riley, Tracy Rees and Rachel Hore.

 

Sandra Danby is a proud Yorkshire woman, tennis nut and tea drinker. She believes a walk on the beach will cure most ills. Unlike Rose Haldane, the identity detective in her two novels, Ignoring Gravity and Connectedness, Sandra is not adopted.

 

You can find out more about Sandra and her writing here:
Connectedness at Amazon
Ignoring Gravity at Amazon
Sandra’s website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest.

About the ‘Identity Detective’ series
Rose Haldane reunites the people lost through adoption. The stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult cases. The people who cannot be found, who are thought lost forever. Each book in the ‘Identity Detective’ series considers the viewpoint of one person trapped in this horrible dilemma. In the first book of the series, Ignoring Gravity, it is Rose’s experience we follow as an adult discovering she was adopted as a baby. Connectedness is the story of a birth mother and her longing to see her baby again. Sweet Joy, the third novel, will tell the story of a baby abandoned during The Blitz.

An extract from ‘Connectedness’

Spain, November 1982
It was lunchtime. El Paseo del Parque, the walkway through the linear park which reached alongside the port to the foot of the tenth century castle of Gibralfaro, was lined with tall palms offering welcome shelter from the sun. A heavy perfume hung in the November air, with not a breath of a breeze to stir the leaves. They were sitting on a bench beside El Jazminero, the sculpture of the jasmine-seller, eating bread and olives, chewing, licking oil off their fingers, and unable to take their eyes off each other, unable to stop smiling.

When I’m old, I want to remember this.

‘Here, querida. Eat.’

Federico held an olive to her lips and, feeling she was in a DH Lawrence novel, she opened her mouth and let him pop the olive inside. They now ate lunch together every college day, sitting on a bench, their thighs lightly side by side in delighted recognition of their growing mutual attraction. Federico’s coyness was attractive, a refreshing change for Justine from the Yorkshire boys who after a week would be pressing her to indulge in a bout of hip-grinding. She liked the old-fashioned flirting. It was sensual, the first time she truly understood its meaning.

They had sort of fallen into food roles. Justine provided the bread, bought from the panadería opposite her flat, a different shaped loaf every day. Pan pueblo, a long oval big enough to feed a hungry family. Pan Andaluz, smaller, with a diamond design on top. Justine’s favourite so far was the creamy Mollete, flat oval bread rolls from Antequera in the hills north of Málaga, often eaten for breakfast; toasted and sprinkled with olive oil, chopped tomatoes and salt. Every day Federico arrived with a tasty accompaniment to go with the pan. Yesterday, slices of jamón so thin they were almost transparent, the wine-coloured ham marbled with white swirls of fat. Before that it was salted almonds and triangles of hard cheese the colour of Indian Yellow, drizzled with oil. Today, a jar of home-cured olives.

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Same book, different cover…

It’s been an odd kind of writing week in N.E. Switzerland. I haven’t done much in the way of actual writing, although novella number four, Christmas in Switzerland, is coming along at a pace which makes me hopeful it can be ready in time for Christmas 2018, and novella three, Trouble in Switzerland, is through its edits and off to the proofreader – publication is scheduled for July.

I’ll just slot in here that this website’s privacy policy has been updated according to GDPR requirements and can be viewed by clicking on ‘privacy policy’ at the bottom of any page. As you were.

My main news this week is that rights to The Paradise Trees and The Cold Cold Sea have reverted from their London publisher to me. Yes, there is a story there, but it’s one for another day, though I will say how grateful I am for the support given to me by The Society of Authors. For now, it means that both books are currently unavailable in ebook, although there may still be the odd paperback around. Audio versions are available as usual. Both will be republished this summer, with Fabrian Books – The Paradise Trees ebook next week, and The Cold Cold Sea in August.

New publication = a new cover image. I was sad to see the old Paradise Trees cover go, but it’s been on the book since 2013, and working with cover designers is the best fun ever. Debbie at The Cover Collection and I rolled up our sleeves. The new image is still trees, but they’re different trees. The sense of danger is everywhere, greater than ever, I think, due to the slightly different angle we see the trees from. And that colour… I’m a blue/green person, I never imagined I would fall in love with a red-toned cover image. But I did, and here it is:

The paperback will be out in September, and I can’t wait to see it on my shelf!

Watch out on Facebook and Twitter, I have several blog visits coming up over the next few weeks to celebrate my new old book.

And on Thursday, tune in to this blog for a visit from Sanda Danby, who’s taking us off to sunny Spain… see you there!

 

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Haven Bridge and Miss Moonshine – The perfect ingredients for a heartwarming anthology!

Back in 2014, I contributed a story to Winter Tales, an anthology published by a group of romance writers. It was great fun, so I was interested to hear from Helen Pollard, who needs no introduction to regular blog readers, that she was part of another group collaborating to produce an anthology with the intriguing title Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings. Here she is to tell us about it:

 

I am fortunate to be part of a friendly group of romance writers who meet for lunch a few times a year in Hebden Bridge, a pretty mill town in Yorkshire.

View over Hebden Bridge – photo courtesy of Helena Fairfax

Why do we meet in Hebden Bridge? As we are scattered across Yorkshire and Lancashire, it’s somewhere we can all get to. Geography aside, it’s also a lovely place to visit, have coffee and look around the eclectic selection of shops. On a fine day, I’m often tempted to arrive early, and then I laugh as I bump into the others who are doing the same before our allotted meeting time.

Hebden Bridge – photo courtesy of Helena Fairfax

When, last summer, Helena Fairfax suggested working on an anthology together and we began to discuss common themes to tie our nine stories together, it seemed natural to choose the setting of Hebden Bridge, the place that had brought us together. As time went by and we began to write our stories, we felt it would be more convenient for our setting to be a fictional place based on Hebden Bridge, allowing us the leeway to make the setting fit our individual stories – and so it became Haven Bridge.

Besides the setting, we felt we needed a further common theme. Gradually, the figure of Miss Moonshine took shape – an eccentric old lady who has had a shop in the town for what seems like forever, selling all manner of things old and new, and always having the right item or the perfect words of wisdom for the characters in the stories. To help us envisage the shop for our stories, we decided the building that currently houses The Heart Gallery was perfect and dated far enough back to be included in the historical stories in the anthology.

The Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge (http://heartgallery.co.uk/)

As our project progressed, I enjoyed my infrequent trips to Hebden Bridge even more – I took more notice of my surroundings so I could give a better feel for the setting in my story, and I found out more about the town and the surrounding area, and its history. Many of the stories in the anthology mention the canal, and I can’t deny it’s pleasant strolling along the towpath!

Canal at Hebden Bridge – photo courtesy of Helena Fairfax

I particularly enjoyed visiting the nearby village of Heptonstall recently. Although it doesn’t feature in my story, it’s somewhere I might not have thought to visit otherwise. And it does feature in Helena’s!

Heptonstall – photo courtesy of Helena Fairfax

We call ourselves Authors on the Edge. You can read into that what you will (!) but it refers to the fact that Hebden Bridge is on the edge of Yorkshire, near the border with Lancashire. Here we are after our recent lunch together …

Authors on the Edge

Back row, left to right:  Helen Pollard, Marie Laval, Mary Jayne Baker, Jacqui Cooper, Angela Wren.

Front row, left to right:  Sophie Claire, Kate Field, Helena Fairfax, Melinda Hammond.

We are all immensely proud of Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings, and it makes it extra special that our stories are set in the place where we’ve spent so many happy hours chatting and laughing and discussing ‘writerly’ things!

Thank you Helen! Here’s the lovely cover of Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings – I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Sometimes what you need is right there waiting for you…

Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.

Miss Moonshine is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US, or your local Amazon store.
You can find out more about the project on Helen’s pages on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fun with screenshots, and some news

Sometimes you come across a real gem of an image. I usually do an Amazon-check of my books at the weekend (unless they’re on promotion, when I *may* be tempted to check more often… 🙂 ) So last week, I opened Amazon UK, typed in Baby Dear (my shortest and easiest to type title) – and found the image below – please note it’s ‘…the most relevant results’:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder if they showed Baby Dear to people looking for very hungry caterpillars? It reminded me of a similar screenshot last Christmas. The connection was more obvious this time, but just in case anyone’s wondering, mine is definitely not a children’s book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something else that’s fun to collect is category bestseller flags. They don’t come round  often, but A Lake in Switzerland picked up one last week:

 

My ‘Switzerland’ novellas are doing better than I’d anticipated, which is nice. It’s not so easy finding readers when you do such a 180° genre-about-turn.
A Spa in Switzerland had a number one too, but I missed the flag screenshot. Here it is in the listing, though:

 

 

For the past several months, I’ve been cracking on with the next in the series, Trouble in Switzerland. It’s being edited at the moment and should be ready later this summer.
Although the novellas are a series, each story is complete in itself and they can easily be read as standalones.

 

 

Another thing I  enjoy is when Amazon recommends me my own books. I think this happens because their software (or whatever it is) notices that although I check these books regularly, I never buy one.

 

My headline news this week, though, is that Chosen Child is going to be translated into German and Italian – happy dance! This won’t happen overnight, but hopefully, sometime next year, I’ll have two more foreign editions to add to my collection of one…

Auf Wiedersehen and arrivederci!

 

 

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A Fractured Winter… with Alison Baillie

It’s lovely having guests on my blog, and even better when I know them in person as well as on social media. Alison Baillie lives a short train journey away from me, so she’s a ‘close’ friend in more ways than one, and here she is to tell us about her new book.

Thank you, Linda, for this chance to come onto your lovely blog and talk about the scenes in my second book, A Fractured Winter, newly published by Williams and Whiting. The book is mainly set in Switzerland, with sections in Yorkshire and Scotland. Although it is definitely not autobiographical, it is based on places and experiences from my life and I’ve looked out a few photos to illustrate some scenes in it.

The book is the story of one winter when the life of Olivia, a young Scottish mother living in Switzerland, changes forever. She lives in a small mountain village, Wildenwil, with her Swiss husband and her three school-age children. The village is imaginary, but is typical of small Swiss villages I’ve known.

The opening of the book takes place on a bright November day, when Olivia and her family seem to be living an idyllic life in their renovated farmhouse just outside the village. Her younger children go to school there and I’ve included a picture of the primary school nearest to where I live, which is how I imagine the Wildenwil village school.

 

Wildenwil is situated in the mountains above the lakeside town of Zug, a town in central Switzerland famous for its beautiful old town and low taxes. To show some of the lovely buildings there, I’ve added a photo of me and another Swiss writer friend, Louise Mangos (author of Strangers on a Bridge), when we met up in Zug.

 

 

The scenery around Wildenwil is also imaginary, but in my head it’s similar to the beautiful mountains of the Bernese Oberland. I’ve spent many holidays there, often in a wonderful old hotel which dates from the 18th century and has been preserved in its original state. Although the architecture is different, the atmosphere and amazing history of the building inspired the Grand Wildenbach Hotel in the book.

As the winter snow arrives, Olivia’s happiness is threatened by a series of events. Her daughter’s best friend goes missing, Olivia comes into contact with sinister strangers and the past, which she thought she’d managed to escape, begins to catch up with her. Against a backdrop of beautiful snow-covered scenery, Olivia is caught up in a dangerous mystery as she searches for the missing girl and her own identity. To give an idea of this snowy scene I’ve included a picture of Stoos, a ski resort mentioned in the book.

I’ve also added a picture of Olivia’s dog, Bella, just because she’s adorable!

She certainly is – thank you, Alison!

You can view A Fractured Winter in your local Amazon Store by clicking the title there, and Alison’s first book Sewing the Shadows Together, a psychological suspense novel set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, by doing the same.

Alison Baillie was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales by Scottish parents. She studied English at the University of St Andrews, before teaching English in Edinburgh secondary schools and EFL in Finland and Switzerland, where she now lives. She spends her time reading, writing, travelling, playing with her grandchildren and attending crime writing festivals.

You can contact Alison through her website, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

To finish off, here’s the last of Alison’s photo – the Bernese Oberland. Olivia and her family would see scenery like this every day!

 

 

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Ready for a day with a good book?

Now that the weather has turned into something we can enjoy, sitting out on the balcony with a cold drink and a great book, how about stocking up your kindle with a few summer(ish) reads? I joined in a version of this game a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, and here it is as a blog post. I’ve read, enjoyed, and reviewed all of these with 4* or 5* on Amazon.

S – Sister Psychopath by Maggie James
U – UK2 by Terry Tyler
M – Murder in Slow Motion by Rebecca Muddiman
M – Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
E – Embryo by J. A. Schneider
R – Ruth’s First Christmas by Elly Griffiths

 

R – Robbing the Dead by Tana Collins
E – Escape to Sunrise Cottage by Zara Thorne
A – A Highland Practice by Jo Bartlett
D – Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
S – Snow Light by Danielle Zinn

 

We could do something similar with the writers, too. I’ve read most but not all of these books – the others are waiting on my kindle!

G – Georgia Rose, Parallel Lies
R – Rose Edmunds, Restitution
E – Emma Rowley, Where the Missing Go
A – Alison Baillie, A Fractured Winter
T – Tara Moore, Fade to Dead

 

F – Fiona Mitchell, The Maid’s Room
I – Ian Patrick, Rubicon
C – Clare Mackintosh, I See You
T – Tana French – The Trespasser
I – Iona Morrison, The Harvest Club
O – Owen Mullen, Games People Play
N – Nicola Cassidy, December Girl

We’ll have more book talk next week, when Alison Baillie will be here to tell us about her fabulous new book, A Fractured Winter – it’s set mostly in Switzerland, and she’s promised to bring some amazing photos!

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