Meet  the author: Outreach author Shelly Berry shares a guilty secret…


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Photo credit: Bianca Kirby.

Find out why author Shelly Berry is grateful she never acted on an office crush and how the experience inspired the plot of her new novel Outreach.

Also learn why her days as a girl guide mean she always likes to ‘Be Prepared’ and why she’s worrying about moving house.

And don’t miss out on a chance (UK entrants only) to win a paperback copy of Outreach. Continue reading

News: Our books – introducing our five titles


Our third novel was published in 2019 – A Forgiven Friend, the final book in our FRIENDS trilogy.

We have now written five books together – three novels and two journalism textbooks – and the thrill, and trepidation, of sending each book into the world has always been just as intense whether it’s the first or the fifth.

It’s quite a few years since we first started writing together when we were both teaching journalism to higher education students. Me at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity. Continue reading

Review: The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost takes readers on a heart-warming trip



I’ve been spending a lot of time in Norfolk recently – the new go-to county for authors.

And I’m enjoying my little trips – including the most recent one, courtesy of Kate Frost, and her novel The Honeysuckle Dream, which also includes stop-offs in Bristol, Sheffield, Pembrokeshire and Cephalonia (where the weather was warmer than at all the other destinations).

Did I say enjoying?

Actually, by chapter two I was fizzing with fury on behalf of poor betrayed, pregnant nineteen-year-old Leila, whose mother tells her the much older, Continue reading

Review: Weave of Love, a tale of post-apocalyptic choices and consequences from Rachel J. Bonner


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In a futuristic world, ripped apart by a devastating war, Leonie hovers on the brink of death after harnessing her extra-ordinary mental powers to save the victims of a horrible explosion.

Husband Perry, a former monk, who showed Leonie how to harness those powers, is wracked with guilt.

And, though, he knows she is receiving the best possible care from his former brothers at the monastery of the House of St Peter, he is tortured with thoughts of ‘what if?’

Meanwhile, his mentor, and Leonie’s adopted Continue reading

Read an extract: Birthday blog tour bash for The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn


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Confession time: I fell in love with The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn when it first came out two years ago.

You can read my thoughts on this stunning tale of love and loss, loyalty and new beginnings and affirmation that there’s more to America and Americans than President Trump here.

In the meantime, as part of a birthday blog tour bash, you’ll find an extract below to whet your appetite for more…

First though a little about the book:

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Celebrities telling stories about their lives? It must be literature festival time and they’ve books to flog.

You can hardly open a newspaper this month without there being articles featuring comments, opinions and stories by, from and about celebrities.

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis on why she’s banned from wearing bright clothes on screen; David Cameron talking about his daughter asking if it’s true he was prime minister; former Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys accusing the BBC of bias…

And many more… But why now?

Easy: it’s literature festival time and these celebrities have been appearing at one or another – because they’ve got books to flog. Continue reading

Viewpoint: When did you start to write? Have you joined a band of authors who left it until they’d retired?

There have been lots of messages on Twitter and Facebook about when writers started to write fiction with the emphasis being on those who didn’t start ‘seriously’ until they’d given up full-time, paid employment.

It seems a remarkable number waited until they retired before feeling they had the time (and the financial resources) to take up writing – even if writing was something they’d wanted to do since they were young. Continue reading

Review: Moorings takes David Blake’s Norfolk crime series on a third deadly outing


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A war veteran murdered in his bath, a crooked property developer, a family with a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried…

It’s clear DI John Tanner and sidekick DC Jenny Evans have their work cut out in Moorings, the third instalment of David Blake’s Norfolk-based murder mystery series.

There’s twists and turns aplenty, and a couple more corpses, before Tanner and Evans realise they’ve been looking in the wrong direction.

And, if you can identify the killer before they do…well, you’re a better detective than me. Continue reading

News: Writer’s Showcase events at Wakefield Literature Festival 2019


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Thrilled to bits to be making two appearances at the 2019 Wakefield Literature Festival.

After a two year absence, the festival has been revived by Louis Kasatkin and will run from Monday, September 16 until Saturday, September 21.

Full programme details are below, but you can join me at 2-3.30pm on Wednesday, September 18 at a Writer’s Showcase panel at Mocha Moocha – a lovely cafe in the city centre – and again, with Susan Pape, at 2pm on Saturday, September 21, at a second Writer’s Showcase at Wakefield Library, (above) which is more-or-less across the road from Westgate railway station.

Hope you can join us.

Full programme details can be found here.


News: Chemical reaction from ‘Sue and Susan who write books’ baffles Pointless hosts Armstrong and Osman


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Not quite how either of us remember it, but Susan and I – described in a recent article on The Daily Express website as Sue and Susan who write books – had a little chuckle at the account by TV reporter Roxanne Hughes of our debut on television quiz show Pointless.

She described our consternation when co-hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman announced the first round of the competition would be on chemical elements.

We seemed, she said, to be incredibly excited – which completely baffled both Armstrong and Osman. Continue reading