Newsletter from Wendy Cooper

Hello everyone,

It’s the debut author here, Wendy, writing as W A Cooper. My novel Decree Absolute has been out since 4th September and is ranking quite well in its genre!!!

Being a first timer at this has been the biggest learning curve I’ve undertaken for many years. It is exciting and downright scary at the same time. I’m amazed at the range of emotions I’ve been through recently! Elation when DA peaked at #3 in Amazon’s UK genre ranking only to have drop away and my joy plummeted with it!!!

 But it’s a fantastic journey and one I hope to repeat again soon. At least the next time I’ll have a handle on what is expected and what to do!

Now for something more personal!!!

Here is a picture of our two exotic felines looking at a tiny bug on the roof of their summer gazebo! Yes they have one of their own! Mischka is the Siamese Seal-point and Kato is the Oriental Ebony. These are no ordinary moggies!! They talk too much, the world revolves around them only and they demand attention every opportunity they can!

They are great company when I’m writing except when they delete the best scene I’ve ever written with one walk across the keyboard!

I grew up with Siamese cats but thought I’d try an Oriental for a change! Big mistake!!! Highly strung, naughty, has a tendency to over dramatize everything! But loving beyond words, so I guess that makes up for the rest of it!

Okay the cat is screaming, it must be dinner time! See you next month! Wendy 

Jessica Barron no longer believes in love.

Her first husband died tragically and she discovers her second husband in flagrante with their children’s nanny. But with the faithless pair gone, her parents holidaying overseas, and her friend Amy in no state to assist, the Leeds divorce advocate can’t juggle the demands of her job with the care of her children, Luke and Gemmy, who she is emotionally estranged from. Jessica needs a new nanny, and fast.

Renée Arden is over relationships. Reeling from a recent break up, the Home Solution Agency owner is temporarily homeless. When Jessica mistakes her for a staff member, the solution is obvious. Renée will step in as nanny.

On their initial meeting Jessica and Renée clash. But desperate times call for desperate measures and the women put aside their differences. Both women, in their own way, need each other.

Renée’s efficient running of the household, enables Jessica to reconnect with her children and their relationship moves from professional to friendship, with the possibility of so much more.

But circumstances and supposed friends conspire against them.

Further heartbreak, hidden truths and secret desires test their fledgling relationship.

Decree Absolute…the end is a new beginning. Or is it?

 

 

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Paul Knights Newsletter

From Paul Knights:

Science Fiction – The Irony of it All

Academically I was pretty awful at high school. At the time I was pretty certain it was due to my own inadequacies. It wasn’t that I didn’t try hard – I did. I just didn’t get it. Especially in Maths and Science.

Back then, you were generally expected to sit down, shut up and work it out for yourself. Then you were called on at the end of class to be humiliated or praised based on your understanding. Students who didn’t get it were thick and those who did were lavishly praised.

The exception, for me, was in English. For some reason, in those five years of high school, I was blessed with the most extraordinarily good English teachers. They asked questions, developed relationships and most of all, listened to their students.

One English teacher gave me the only A I ever got at school. I had just written a science fiction short story which I had to read to the class. And the class even persuaded the teacher to upgrade it to an A+! (See if you can guess which one it is in Intergalactic Highway. And it’s not the obvious one!).

On another occasion an English teacher asked me to meet him in the library at lunch time. I thought I was in trouble. I’d just missed out on passing University Entrance internally. This meant I, along with a few other unfortunates, had to sit the external exams. Those exams were only a few weeks away. It was all very depressing. The English teacher sat me down in the library and outlined a plan with pencil and paper on how to pass the English Exam. It was the only external exam I passed. And I did so with a good grade.

Fast forward to 2018. In between times I got a science degree. I taught high school Physics and Maths for nearly twenty years (and loved it!). I wrote a lot of science fiction short stories. And the nice people at Junction Publishing thought that they would publish some of them in Intergalactic Highway, the first in a series of science fiction anthologies.

Never stop asking questions. No matter how thick they think you are!

Lotsa Love

P.A. Knights

 

INTERGALACTIC HIGHWAY
by Paul A. Knights
Synopsis
Thirty-four original sci-fi short stories that will take you on exciting and startling adventures.
* Meet robots, aliens and weird creatures
* Enjoy a Venusian donut and coffee
* Travel to distant stars and galaxies
* Run from a Pantherodonocus
* Play Skuldig with an Olagi
* Fight Space Pirates
* Save the Earth
And discover the secret of the Elradi!
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Rebekah Dodson Newsletter

Hello everyone!

My name is Rebekah Dodson, and I am a coffeeholic and a romance writer. I live in beautiful Southern Oregon, surrounded by forests, lakes, and even a desert – yes, we have an interesting typography! Here’s a glimpse into my backyard, one of the seven wonders of the world, Crater Lake:

I really do live in the Wild West, and this area is steeped in so much of Oregon’s history! But this isn’t my first foray into historical places I’ve lived: my father was in the United States Air Force, so I’ve lived abroad in a few countries, include the United Kingdom. From my formative years spent climbing castle walls and touring the great sites of England and Scotland, I developed a great love of history. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a historian and a hopeless romantic, and I always wanted people to fall in love. I played with stories about Victorian America, Civil War era United States, and even 12th century France. Just about everything I write has a hopeless historian or time traveling hero searching for love. This translated to a career in education, where I can share my passions with others.

 Ever since I started my writing career about 5 years ago, I set out with a mission to write strong women who take what lemons life gives them and turn it into lemonade, so to speak. My characters are all damaged to fault, with struggles and strife that we all face, but they also overcome to odds and emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis. They are resilient, amazing, funny, and dynamic. If I had one theme to share with you, it would be kick-ass heroes who won’t let anyone get in the way of carving their own destiny, just like my ancestors did blazing their trail across the American west. And they will do it, too, with a cup of coffee in one hand and determination in their hearts.

 That’s why I’m so proud to release Abby’s Promise to the world on july 24th. Abby is a history professor with a special love for America, so I guess she’s a little bit like me. She’s passionate about history including her own, and the one that got away, or rather left to join the military: Joey Harrison. She can’t let go of how she felt about Joey in high school, and when he comes back into her life, she can’t resist him. They have some history of their own, and this story is all about Abby’s journey not only to fulfil her promises to Joey, but also make some promises of her own about the future.

By the way, this story happened a bit by accident – special love to Sly Fox Cover Designs who posted this cover months ago and inspired this book. Thank you, Lauren, for feeding my writing addiction and breathing life into these characters.

 So what’s coming up in the future? I’m writing some tales of the apocalypse, where characters fall in love despite all their odds, even though the world is ending. Isn’t that was love is, after all? Our world is forever changed when we meet someone we know our soul searched for all long. It doesn’t matter if it happens on a road trip, after the world is destroyed, or in another time and place entirely.

 My corner of the world is altogether strange: I’m a hopeless romantic with a penchant for education, video games, and history, surrounded by a wild world waiting to be explored. You’ll see this come out in my writing, from characters who run from their past to ones who turn and embrace it.

 Like Abby and Joey, don’t let life pass you by, or anyone tell you what your destiny is. Embrace it yourself and change the world around you, one step at a time.

 Cheers,

 –Rebekah

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He walked out of my life eight years ago, and for the first couple of years, I wrote him faithfully.

Then life happened, and we lost track of each other. Now he’s back; appearing one day on campus and sweeping me off my feet. He looks the same—rough stubble on his square jaw, broody brown eyes, thick brows that always lifted when I made him laugh. My Jo-Jo has come home after eight years in Afghanistan.

She looks the same as I remember her in high school, but now she’s all woman—sophisticated, educated, and just as curvy as ever. And now she’s a professor, and I’m falling for her all over again like I did at senior prom. War screwed me up, but every day Abby was my saving grace.

She promised one day she’d never let me go, made me promise I’d come back to her. I’ve come back to claim that promise. There’s just one problem: Abby’s moved on. How will I convince the love of my life that a day never went by without her on my mind?

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