Wednesday 7 June 2017

Sunday 4 June 2017

Romantic Novelists' Association Blog: RNA CONFERENCE: Meet the agents

Romantic Novelists' Association Blog: RNA CONFERENCE: Meet the agents: The RNA conference 2017 will soon be upon us (14th-17th July, to be exact!) This year there are seven literary agents offering one-to-one pi...

Friday 26 May 2017

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Foxden Hotel

Foxden Hotel 

Book 5 in The Dudley Sisters Saga

Foxden Hotel:

The war is over. It is time for new beginnings.

Celebrating the opening of Foxden Hotel, New Year’s Eve 1948, an enemy from the war years turns up. He threatens to expose a secret that will ruin Bess’s happiness and the new life she has worked so hard to create. Bess’s husband throws the man out. So is that the last they see of him? Or will he show up again when they least expect?

Bess had hoped fascism was a thing of the past, buried with the victims of WW2. Little does she know the trouble that lies ahead, not only for herself, but also for her family. 

Foxden Hotel Video

Foxden Hotel video, created using Animoto, and then sent to YouTube.

Friday 3 March 2017

The Yellow Room Editor: Guest Blog: Madalyn Morgan Interview

This interview was a while ago.

The Yellow Room Editor: Guest Blog: Madalyn Morgan Interview: I first came across Madalyn on the Really Relaxed Writers Facebook page and I was intrigued by the cover of her novel, Foxden Acres when I...

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Talking to a reading group about Foxden Acres.

A super evening chatting with a reading group of lovely and very interesting people who had read Foxden Acres in January. Thank you for welcoming me to your beautiful home, for reading my novels, and for the nibbles and the wine. 

I had a great evening. 

Back row: Wala, Madalyn, Lesley
Front: Laura, Tony and Gill.

Monday 6 February 2017

After dinner speaker at The Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe.

A great night. 

I was invited to speak about my life as an actress and author by 
The Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe, on Jan 23rd 
at The Greyhound, Market Street, Lutterworth,

The old saying, "Don't fee the actors" went out of the window. 

Roast beef and all the trimmings? Oops! I'd forgotten to tell the Rotary club member, David, who booked me that I didn't eat red meat. I said no problem, I was happy to eat the vegetables, which I was - and there were plenty. However, no sooner had I mentioned it than David asked the kitchen to prepare something else. They did, a succulent chicken breast. It really was excellent. But my 5 stars has to go to the pud. Apple crumble and custard, now who could say not to that?

There were not photographs taken during my talk, but here are a few taken afterwards.
The people of Lutterworth Rotary Club Wycliffe, really were super.

Giving President Peter Sweatman four novels for their next raffle.
With David and Marcia.  Fabulous people.

What a lovely surprise it was to see my beautiful cousin Lesley (in the yellow jacket), her husband Martin, and their friend who used to come to the Fox Inn with her husband,
when my mum and dad were Landlady and Landlord.

Last but but by no means least, a had my photograph taken with author, Tony Bailey, who wrote Lutterworth in Wartime. Every time I tried to buy a copy at, Oh Lovely, in Lutterworth, they had run out. However, Tony gave me a signed copy. It's fascinating. Packed with local information.
I could have done with it before I wrote Foxden Acres.

 Thank you, Tony.

A lovely evening. Thank you for asking me along to be your after dinner speaker,
It was a pleasure.

Rotary Clubs do an amazing amount of charity work. They not only send aid to disaster zones, they send doctors too. My aunt and uncle, Eileen and Bob Derrick, filled over 800 water boxes that went to countries where there were sever droughts.

The Rotary Club raises money for many charities and good causes. The Santa Runs alone have raised more than £87,000. They also raise money to support young people. They stage young Chef and Young Designer Competitions, Young Writer and Young Musicians, and they maintain a boat which teaches disabled people to sail.  And many, many, more things - from teaching road safety to supporting hospices.

Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Proud to speak my time and the small gift of my novels.  

New Photograph. Feb 3rd, 2017

When author and close friend, Theresa Le Flem, and I were going to a chapter meeting of the Leicestershier RNA, I said, 'You've had your hair cut, Theresa. It looks lovely.' And she said, 'And so does yours, Maddie.' So, I took a selfie of the two of us, and Theresa took a photograph of me for the back of my new novel. The fifth book in the Dudley Sisters Saga is called, The Foxden Hotel.

This is me:

And this is us:
With lovely friend, Theresa Le Flem

We laugh a lot when we get together. It's great having a writer friend who enjoys talking about her/my/our current project. Great to have someone to bounce ideas off. And to drink coffee and eat cakes with. Drinking coffee is hungry work...

These are the cakes:

Only joking....

We had scrumptious tea-cakes at Karter's in Church Street, Lutterworth. 
Their's is the best coffee in town.

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Monday 5 December 2016

My review: Buried Deep by Penny Grubb

by Penny Grubb (Goodreads Author)

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it was amazing
Read on April 01, 2016

Buried Deep is the 5th detective novel that I have read from author Penny Grubb and, like all her books, I was gripped from the first page. It features her female detective, Annie Raymond, who captivated me in her first book, Like False Money. I love Annie Raymond's character. Annie is unique, endearing, very real, and got me onside from the beginning. All Penny Grubb’s characters are real, and have depth. Buried Deep is a great crime story with interesting and believable characters, including one of my favourites, flawed Detective Webber, another cleverly drawn and very real character. I can’t wait for the next Penny Grubb detective novel.

Monday 28 November 2016

Roger Wood's Biblioblog: Dictator - Robert Harris

I love reading critiques by Roger Wood on his Biblioblog. This week his subject is, Dictator, by Robert Harris. Harris is of my favourite authors. I have yet to read, Dictator.

Roger Wood's Biblioblog: Dictator - Robert Harris: Dictator  is the concluding third of Harris's Cicero trilogy (the others being Imperium  and Lustrum ). Unsurprisingly, given that it...

Thursday 24 November 2016

RNA Winter party, November 2016

Photos of friends at the RNA Winter party, November 2016
Just the name, Piccadilly, and the postcode W1, excites me.

Piccadilly W1
I love the sounds of London: the lights, the people, the hustle and bustle of workers and shoppers going home, and of people going out to theatres and restaurants, clubs and pubs. And tonight, the authors heading down to St.James' to the Romantic Novelists Association's Winter Party.

A collection of photographs. Names and snippets later.

Two gorgeous ladies.
 Both friends, both authors,
Della Galton and Debbie Viggiano

Lang, Mandy Baggott and Kim Nash

Directly left: Kath McGurl, Della Galton and

Below left: Lizzie Lamb and I

Below Right: Della Galton and Kath McGurl

Yay! Five of the nicest people. 
My friends from The Seriously, Serious Scribes. 

                                  Below Four Fab Scribes


Hate it when I'm snapped while I'm talking, or rather pulling a weird face. 
But it's a great photo of Jane Wenham-Jones, so it stays.

Me, Jane Wenham-Jones and Debbie Viggiano


Wednesday 16 November 2016

Romantic Novelists' Association Blog: RNA Tribute to Carole Blake

Romantic Novelists' Association Blog: RNA Tribute to Carole Blake: Literary agent Caroline Sheldon writes: Carole Blake is no longer with us.  None of us expected to read those words.  Carole

So vibrant. She was a talented and clever woman.

Sunday 6 November 2016

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say no to pipeline on reservation

Today I had messages from my soul-sister, Diana Cavender in Minnesota. She said, "Auntie Carrie (and others) are on their way to Standing Rock, North Dakota with supplies." (Auntie Carrie is in her 80s.) Many of my friends know that I was adopted by the elders of the Dakota Sioux Tribe when I was eleven. It was a great honour and I am proud to be called, Wacantkiya Win. Although I live far away and am only a spec of dust in the great scheme of things, I am passionate about America's indigenous people, and I believe as,Deb Mowle and Mike White do that the Access Pipeline should not go ahead.

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Thursday 3 November 2016

Talking about Writing at Lutterworth Library


Thursday November 3rd 10.30am.

Lutterworth Library

My thanks to the Librarian and the women who work at Lutterworth Library, especially Terry who originally asked me if I would like to speak, and the Librarian who confirmed the appointment.

A mixed audience of published authors - fabulous Theresa Le Flem and Cathy Mansell - WI ladies, male and female members of the Library - one of whom thanked me afterwards and said she had read all my books "And I loved them all. When will the next one be in the library?" When it's published in 2017 the first one has her name on it. There were a couple of people who had been passing by, had popped in, and then stayed for the talk. Last but by no means least were, Terry, Martine and Amy, who work in the library.

A poster of Applause, to advertise my talk. 

Terry who works at the Library and who helped organise the talk.

Me mid flow.

Chatting about World War 2, afterwards.
 Super people with some great ideas.

Answering a question. 

More people making great contribution

A gathering at the end of the talk

I enjoyed talking to some lovely people.
Thanks to them, and to Lutterworth Library for having me.

Wednesday 2 November 2016

October & Halloween posters for Madalyn Morgan's novels

Oops! It was late and I couldn't remember whether the clocks went forward or back, so I put the clock in the moon, turned it upside down, and hedged my bets. 

Autumn and Halloween 

Applause for Autumn 

After the harvest on Foxden Acres

Halloween poster for China blue

When the clocks went forward, back, forward...((?))

Halloween witches 

Casting a spell on Applause