Saturday, 11 March 2017

Visiting the Past!


Today, I am over at Jo Barton's Blog talking about a part of my childhood that inspired Storm Clouds Gathering.


I hope you will have time to pop along and say hello to both of us.

As always, thank you, not only for stopping by, but for all your wonderful friendship and support. 

Thank you!

I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.

Love
Pauline
xxx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Sitting Round my Pool is Daisy James talking about...



Today I have a fellow Yorkshire girl, Daisy James sitting round my pool talking about her latest book. There’s Something about Cornwall. To make you feel at home, I have opened a bottle of pink bubbly as I know it is your favourite tipple. Please help yourself to a glass and then we will settle down on one of the recliners.

Cheers Daisy, it’s all yours….

First of all, a huge thank you for featuring my brand new release – There’s Something About Cornwall - on your blog.



Location is always very important to me when I’m writing. It’s almost as though it’s another character that requires just as much attention, just as much crafting, as any other. My first novel – The Runaway Bridesmaid - was set in New York. I enjoyed an amazing trip there a couple of years ago, for a milestone birthday, except, instead of spending five exhilarating days taking in the sights, because of Hurricane Sandy we ended up being there for eleven. Everywhere was closed, even the Broadway shows, so I grabbed a pen and some paper and started writing and my first published novel was born.

When I began researching my fourth book, I wanted my characters to have a fabulous backdrop for their story, so it had to be Cornwall. The scenery is so beautiful and diverse, not to mention the fact that the sun always seems to be shining. There’s Something About Cornwall follows Emilie Roberts, a food photographer, who takes a culinary road trip around the whole county as she works on a photoshoot for a celebrity TV chef working on her next cookery book.

Emilie’s epic journey starts in Padstow where she meets Matt at a beach party. He becomes a last-minute replacement driver for an orange-and-cream vintage campervan they’ve nicknamed The Satsuma Splittie. There’s plenty of stops along the way and lots of baking and tasting of the delicious Cornish food that is being photographed.

I wanted to showcase not only the local recipes, but also the wide array of artisan beverages that Cornwall is famous for. So, in Truro, they visit an apple orchard where Emilie photographs the Cornish Cyder Cake and Apple and Caramel Loaf, but they also indulge in a few pints of the local Scrumpy.



Apple & Caramel Loaf

During my research, I was amazed to find that vineyards flourish on south-facing slopes and fabulous white and rosé wine is produced in Cornwall. The county is also the only place in England that grows tea – Tregothnan Tea - it offers a whole new meaning to the label English Breakfast tea!

I also came across the Southwestern Distillery, run by Tarquin Leadbetter, which produces not only Cornish Gin but also Cornish Pastis. The pastis is a modern take on the classic French aperitif and the first of its kind created in the UK. It is made with gorse flowers foraged from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest finished off with a touch of liquorice root. Tarquin also grows his own Devon violets for use in his Tarquin’s Gin.


http://www.southwesterndistillery.com/



I hope readers will enjoy escaping to our southernmost county when they read There’s Something About Cornwall.



For a chance to win a book on the history of the much-loved, iconic camper van, a mug and a coaster, just follow Daisy James and retweet the pinned tweet. The prize will be drawn on 31st March 2017 (UK only).



Daisy James links:
Also on Instagram.




 Blurb

A knight in a shining camper van!
Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…
Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.
Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?




Thank you Daisy for sitting round my pool, and I know There's Something About Cornwall  is going to be a runaway success

And thank you, my lovely visitors for stopping by and meeting Daisy.
Until the next time, I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.


Love
Pauline
xxx

My first love

My other love

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Five more Stars for The Wendy House



Award winning, The Wendy House has another 5 star review on Amazon... trying not to be so excited, but it is difficult.

"Something completely different again from Pauline Barclay. Once again I was transported into someone else's life, feeling the anguish of an innocent little girl and the pain of the damaged woman she became. Wanting to "shout out" for her when those around were oblivious to what was happening. Pauline has never disappointed before and this story was no exception. Loved it !!"


Available in paperback and Kindle

As always, thank you, not only for stopping by, but for all your wonderful friendship and support. 

I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.

Love
Pauline
xxx