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Luton Paranormal Society Investigates Nellie Rault’s Murder!

Back coverMNATLife as a writer is always full of surprises. I had an unexpected email from a member of Luton Paranormal Society saying that they were about to investigate Nellie Rault’s unsolved murder case and that they had read my novel ‘Murder Now and Then.‘ My murder mystery IS fiction, although Nellie’s story, whose murder in Haynes in1919, was unsolved (Lucille Vardon in my novel) is as close to the true story as I could surmise from research in newspaper cuttings of the day.

 

I stress that my solution to Nellie’s murder back in 1919 in my novel and the fictional murder in 2019 are pure fiction. (of course because the latter is set in the future one hundred years on!)

If you scroll down on this link you

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Nellie Rault’s grave in Haynes churchyard

will find that the Paranormal Society’s investigation has now been put back to 2018 but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything. How exciting!

http://www.lutonparanormal.com/

 

 

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Introducing Rose English ~ Author of One Breath

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Rose English is also hard at work preparing for the UKIndieLitFest 2016.

A perfect name for an author who lives in the heart of England in Herefordshire, which speaks to me of apple orchards, cows grazing in the meadows flanked by a backdrop of the hills and mountains of the Welsh borders.

Her writing is beautifully crafted, moving and sends tingles down your spine. Here is my review of ‘One Breath:

One Breath by Rose English

This short story takes your breath away – literally. When you read it make sure you find a quiet spot ~ in the garden would be perfect ~ but certainly one where you will not be disturbed for half an hour. I’ve read it twice already.

Beautifully written, it tells the story of Dorothy, or Dotty as her ever loving husband Albert likes to call her ~ oh, what can I say without spoiling the story for you. This is a tale of love and tragedy and you will probably shed a tear or two, out of joy as well as pain. Dotty has a love for her garden, in which lies the symbolism of all that is significant in her life, including a rose to commemorate her ‘almost’ still born baby, Grace.

There is humour, fantasy and emotion woven through this tale, which won second prize in an online competition via ‘The Daily Bookworm’.  I hope that Rose English will go on to write novels and I believe her name will be one to watch out for in future years.

What more can I say but to wish her well in her writing and I promise to read  ‘The Magic of grandfather Time’ next Christmas. I will certainly buy a signed copy and I look forward to meeting Rose English at the UK Indie Lit Festival on 23rd July in Bradford.

Rose English’s website

Twitter @RoseEnglishUK

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Another 5* Review ~ A Balance of Perspectives

I would like to celebrate with you two new 5* reviews on Amazon this week, the first for Riduna (the island of Alderney, Channel Islands):

Riduna

Riduna

“I read this book as the precursor to Ancasta to ensure I understood the characters and settings, and I’m pleased that I did. The author paints an engaging picture of life on the island of 150 years ago, aspects of which I could relate to my own early years. The story tells the timeless dramas of life’s progress spanning many years against this fascinating background, and is very readable – you really feel you get to know the characters and the island.”

 

 

 

 

The reader continues in his praise of Ancasta:

Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home

Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home

 

“The Riduna story develops dramatically as it shifts its location to Itchen Ferry Village, Southampton, straddling the years of WWI. We move from small island life to the world stage. I know this area well, and have stepped in the footprints of the characters. There is a rich wealth of detail encompassing the incredible events of this period, and the author has researched well, but kept the historical aspects in context with the central characters. Most enjoyable, and I very much look forward to the next in the series!”

Do I know this kind and thoughtful reader you may ask? Is he a friend or long lost relation? No, he first emailed me saying he’d bought the books when searching for the telephone number of The Yacht Tavern in Itchen Ferry village (most say Woolston unless you live there, where the people are very particular to differentiate and always have done, rightly so) I have met him subsequently. Following a successful book signing session at West Quay Waterstones Southampton I took my parents to the Yacht for lunch and I signed the gentleman’s books and had a lovely chat.

I particularly liked the way he talked of walking in the footsteps of the characters and several people, who have written emails to me after borrowed the books from local libraries down in Hampshire, said much the same thing.

Other positive reviews recently received recently were from a reading group in Luton, Bedfordshire and yet again I knew none of them (I am writing this for the writers among you) The feedback was that all enjoyed the book although it was not a genre they would normally pick up to read, preferring thrillers and murder mysteries. I was so grateful for their feedback because firstly they had not read the first in the series Riduna and secondly they lived no where near the settings of the novel and so I was assured that their unfamiliarity did not diminish their enjoyment of Ancasta.

Having said all of this I do appreciate any feedback, especially from writers who will point out the finer details. I can learn much from their feedback which will enable me to refine my craft for future writing. I always ask readers and writers for their honest opinions, as I hope I would give myself.

If you have read either of my books and would like to let me know what you think, but would rather email me  here’s the address: 

diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

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