Monday, 9 July 2018

#FrenchResistance #WWII

The French village in which I live originally inspired me for the first novel, Spirit of Lost Angels, of my French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel.

An exhibition in a museum in Saint-Martins-en-Haut, a neighbouring village, gave me the idea to base the second novel of the trilogy, Wolfsangel, around the French Resistance to the Nazi occupation during WW2.

I realised that this region, like many others in France, was a hotbed of French resistance. During my research, I was fortunate to speak with several members of the Resistance, who were only too happy to relive their days of fighting for the liberation of their country.

But for further information, I consulted both fiction and non-fiction books on the subject.

on the Triskele Books blog, here are six of my favourites

food ration lines, Lyon










Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Don’t care if France wins or loses the footie?


Read a French historical trilogy instead. A sure winner!  #bethere #bereading

 
Need some more ideas on how to escape the soccer? This post by fellow author, Helena Halme says it all.

Friday, 6 April 2018

@JillsBookCafe's Five on Friday

Many thanks to my lovely book blogger reviewer and friend, Jill Doyle for featuring me on her blog today.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Hello Winter My Old Friend....

View from my office window

You've come to talk to me again.... as the Simon and Garfunkel song does not go!

However, the sound of silence of our snowscape does remind me of the song.

After several months of grey skies, with mostly rain and more rain, it's nice to see the snow back again .... though best admired from a window seat!

And all the more conducive to plod on with writing the latest novel, now titled The Seagull Song.

Friday, 8 December 2017

How to Brighten up a Wintery Morning

Some nice news to brighten this cold and wintry morning in rural France: Rosie Amber Book Review Team has nominated two of my novels: The Silent Kookaburra and Blood Rose Angel, for their 2017 Favourite Book Award. 


If anyone has read and enjoyed either of the books, I would appreciate your vote if you feel so inclined. Thank you so much! 


Voting here on Rosie Amber's Blog.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

In many countries, October is breast cancer awareness month, helping to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment, as well as palliative care, of this illness.

As many of you know, this October, I'm celebrating one year since my diagnosis in October, 2016. Yes, I'm celebrating the awareness of my own mortality. Celebrating the fact that I was lucky I had a treatable form, and lucky to live in a country where treatment is not only free, but top-class. Celebrating life. Celebrating being a better person (I hope!).

With many thanks to fellow author, Patricia Sands, for featuring my breast cancer journey (and a few free books!) on her blog today.