Interviewing Jane Risdon – Alexa

A great interview with author Jane Risdon.

Plaisted Publishing House

It’s time to introduce you all to the lovely Jane Risdon. One of our Anthology regulars. Jane wrote Alexa which is a chilling tale. You can find this wonderful story in “Love from the Other Side”

1-image1Introduce Yourself and where you’re from.

My name is Jane Risdon. I am English and have lived all over the world at various times…I am a nomad.

Tell us about your writing journey?

I began writing almost a decade ago having wanted to do it full-time ever since I can remember. I’ve always written for myself.

A full time career in the international music business prevented this until I took a step back from it and decided to stop dreaming and get a grip. I am now a full time author with a novel published, four others in various stages of completion and a crime novel in with my publisher. I’ve had stories in…

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A story and prizes for my second blogiversary!

Jessica Norrie’s second blogiversary! Her posts are always interesting, always great reading.

Words and Fictions

The blog is two! Looking back I see I haven’t included as many short stories as I originally promised, so there’s one below. If you tell me what you think of it (good or bad), I’ll put you in the draw for a book prize – could be one I’ve reviewed, one I’ve liked or one I’ve written. UK only, sorry, readers elsewhere, but I’m a struggling writer….

Anyway, you’re all winners, because this story is for you. It came from my writing course at the British Library, when we had to identify an object in the Library to write about. No photos are allowed in the exhibition I chose, so you will have to make do with the brochure, but do visit; it’s free and very inspiring.

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TEMPORARILY REMOVED

The exhibition’s sparkling name seduced me: “Treasures!” Entranced…

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Doris Day, Sarah Weller, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and me: the last of my 2015 birthday bashes

A fantastic blog post by Jane Risden. “Doris Day, Sarah Weller, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and me: the last of my 2015 birthday bashes.”

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“I like joy; I want to be joyous. 

I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. 

And that’s all I want.  I like being happy.  I want to make others happy.” Doris Day.

Sarah Weller celebrates Doris Day's 91st birthday. Photo: Carl HydeSarah Weller celebrates Doris Day’s 91st birthdayPhoto: Carl Hyde. Courtesy of Sarah Weller.

“I’ll remember this to my grave.  We all walked into a room to see the screen tests.  The first screen test was Marion Hutton’s. Then came Janis Paige [who ended up with a part in the film].  Then on the screen came Doris Day.  I can only tell you, the screen just exploded. There was absolutely no question.  A great star was born and the rest is history.” – Sammy Cahn

The second part of my birthday bash this year was a total surprise – a well-kept secret;  nothing was revealed to me as we…

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I was the guest speaker at the Annual AGM of a ladies luncheon club in Botcheston, Nr Markfield, Leicestershire.

I was invited to a lovely lunch at the Forest Hill Golf Club. The audience was 52 strong – and they were great. All lovely people who enjoy reading. I took costumes and talked about my acting career, what goes on backstage, my out-of-work-jobs – and my transition into writing. I kept the talk light and fun and the ladies enjoyed it. And, my novels are now in Markfield Library. I’m really chuffed.

Only One Woman

Madalyn Morgan’s Review: Only One Woman
Only One Woman
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Madalyn Morgan’s review Mar 22, 2018 Super read. Recommended.

They say if you remember the 60s you weren’t there. Well, the writers of Only One Woman were certainly there and so was I. This lovely novel with it’s well drawn and very real characters, references to the bands and records of the time, which I bought and played, transported me back to a wonderful time in my life; my teens. The story kept me turning the pages. Although my feelings changed towards certain characters as I neared the end of the story, it made it even more interesting and exciting, I loved the ending. I loved the book.

Sunday Connection – What’s Been Happening This Week? #SundayBlogShare

Books and blog reviews from Rosie Amber and her fabulous team of reviewers.

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Just in case you’ve spent the last few days hoping it’s still the holidays and you’ve been hiding under the duvet…

Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday: Karen Bernard reviewed romantic Suspense – When A Stranger Comes by Karen Bell

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Tuesday: I reviewed historical fiction The Lady’s Slipper by Deborah Swift

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Wednesday: Karen Oberlaender reviewed thriller Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley

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Thursday: Judith Barrow reviewed literary fiction The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J Gyle by J.D Dixon

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Friday: Olga Miret reviewed naval thriller Jonah by Carl Rackman

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Saturday: Alison Williams reviewed cultural fiction All The Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser

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There have also been some fun posts

Top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2017

WWW Wednesday (what are you reading meme)

Plus news from around the Blogosphere

Pages unbound – Book Blogging resources for the New Year

https://pagesunbound.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/book-blogging-resources-for-the-new-year/#like-16481

Is literary fiction in decline? – Asks Caroline at…

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Only One Woman by Christina Jones and Jane Risdon

A great blog post, an even better book.

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I love the irony of a book called Only One Woman being written by two of them – Christina Jones and Jane Risdon! My grateful thanks to Accent Press for providing a copy of Only One Woman in return for an honest review and for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations.

Only One Woman is to be published by Accent Press in e-book on 23rdNovember 2017 and paperback on 24th May 2018 and is available for pre-order here.

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9781783757329_FCTwo women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll…

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My #BookReview of #WW2 Family #HistFic saga Foxden Hotel by Madalyn Morgan @ActScribblerDJ

Foxden Hotel. Book 5 in The Dudley Sisters Saga.
Thank you, Rosie Amber, for a fantastic 4* review.

Rosie Amber

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Foxden Hotel is book #5 in The Dudley Sisters family saga. It covers the World War Two period of history. To get the most from this series, I do recommend reading the previous books as many of the characters’ stories and conflicts are concluded within the pages of this final book.

The year is now 1949. The Dudley sisters are celebrating the New Year at the recently opened Foxden Hotel. As the chimes of New Year fade, Bess is confronted by a horror from her past. She recognises Dave Sutherland, a man she hoped she’d never see again.

A few days later a body is found in the hotel’s lake and local police point the finger at Bess and her husband, but soon MI5 are joining the investigation with their suspicions about a larger fascist network.

During the war…

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I was over the moon when I was invited into BBC Radio Leicester to talk about being a local author who has written a saga set in Leicestershire, during WW2

This may, or may not, work. I’ve just listened to my interview on BBC Radio Leicester, and the link is below. Ben Jackson’s show started at 9 and my interview began at 9.10 and finished at 9.25. I was more nervous listening to it than I was when I was doing it. Like most people, I hate listening to my voice when its recorded and I’d rather be asking questions than answering them.

Stop with the excuses, Madalyn! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gl0r8#play