#GuestPost CHRISTMAS OF NEW BEGINNINGS by KIRSTY FERRY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @kirsty_ferry



It’s beginning to feel a lot like … CHRISTMAS!! Hope you’re ready!!  And I’m excited today to be handing over the Blog to the lovely Kirsty Ferry, so she can share some thoughts about her newest book, CHRISTMAS OF NEW BEGINNINGS, on Publication Day!! 
Go grab your copy NOW! And get those festive songs playing!!
Over to you Kirsty..


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RELEASE DAY: Christmas of New Beginnings by Kirsty Ferry

My new book, Christmas of New Beginnings, is new in a couple of ways. It’s the first book in a new series, it’s my first venture into Ruby Fiction, the sister imprint of Choc Lit, and it’s the first romantic comedy I’ve written in first person, entirely from the heroine’s point of view. The heroine in this case is Cerys, who relocates to Padcock, a charming village in the South Downs, and she tells her story over a series of Christmases where we trace her relationship with Sam, the owner of the local pub. We are also introduced to Edie, Cerys’ best friend, who we will meet again in the second book of the series which is due out Summer 2022.

I’d run out of series to write a Christmas book on for this year, as I think I’ve done one for each series now, so I was excited to start something new instead. I wrote the book in the winter lockdowns of 2020 and early 2021, so, as you can imagine, it was sometimes quite difficult to stay upbeat and cheerful while writing; but the good thing was that writing it and escaping to Padcock was a form of self-care and I began to enjoy my forays into Padcock. All the more important, as Christmas 2020 was so disappointing for so many people, I tried to make the Christmases Cerys experienced in Padcock festive and sociable, filled with friends and family. There is no inkling of anything lockdown-related in my book, and deliberately so.

The lovely thing I discovered about writing in first person point of view is that you can really get into the mind of the character and explore all their quirks, flaws and strengths. You can also create an “unreliable narrator”, which is maybe a bit literary and a bit clever for me, but the fun thing with the first person point of view process is that the readers experience everything through the eyes of the narrator and hopefully cheer them on, flaws and all!

I really enjoyed creating the village of Padcock. In my head, as I was writing, I was walking around the streets and knew exactly where everything was and had a real sense of the place. Padcock is very loosely based on Lacock, in Wiltshire. Lacock village is more or less owned by the National Trust and used a location for many television programmes and films. It also has a wonderful stately home called Lacock Abbey which was the home of Henry Fox Talbot who was a photography pioneer. There is a really interesting museum of photography there, and if you, like me, are interested in vintage photos, it’s well worth a visit.

I do hope you enjoy our first visit to Padcock in Christmas of New Beginnings – and that you’ll come back and visit Padcock again next year!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Not all festive wishes come true right away – sometimes it takes five Christmases …

Folk singer Cerys Davies left Wales for the South Downs village of Padcock at Christmas, desperate for a new beginning. And she ends up having plenty of those: opening a new craft shop-tea room, helping set up the village’s first festive craft fair, and, of course, falling desperately in love with Lovely Sam, the owner of the local pub. It’s just too bad he’s firmly in the clutches of Awful Belinda …

Perhaps Cerys has to learn that some new beginnings take a while to … well, begin! But with a bit of patience, some mild espionage, a generous sprinkling of festive magic and a flock of pub-crashing sheep, could her fifth Christmas in Padcock lead to her best new beginning yet?

Buying links: 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-New-Beginnings-warming-uplifting-ebook/dp/B09G38ZTV3/

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/christmas-of-new-beginnings/id1586450033

 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/christmas-of-new-beginnings

 Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-of-new-beginnings-kirsty-ferry/1140157522

About the author:

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

Kirsty writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

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#GuestPost SUMMER’S SECRET MARIGOLD by KIRSTY FERRY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry



Always a delight to hand over the Blog to the lovely Kirsty Ferry! And today she’s celebrating the publication day of SUMMER’S SECRET MARIGOLD!!! Another must read from the Cornish secrets series!! Enjoy!!


Over to you Kirsty……

Release Day: Summer’s Secret Marigold by Kirsty Ferry

Summer’s Secret Marigold is the fourth book in my dual timeline/timeslip Cornish Secrets series, which is based at the fictional Pencradoc Arts Centre in Cornwall. In this book, readers who have enjoyed the previous stories may be happy to know that we have finally reached Lady Elsie Pencradoc’s story with the historical thread, and are focusing on Sybill and Coren’s story in the contemporary timeline. Sybill and Coren have been attracted to each other from Book 1, A Secret Rose, but they’ve never managed to do anything about it – so hopefully this story will tie up a few loose ends for people when they read it!

The ‘grown-up’ Elsie was a brilliant character to get to know – when I wrote the book I was really thinking ‘what would upset Society the most in a young lady from 1911?’. So, I basically made Elsie into as much of a rebel as I could. She works, as well as carving out a career as an artist, drinks too much champagne, has the occasional cigarette and her best friend is a young man with a few secrets of his own. There’s more, much more to her life as well, but you have to read the book to find out the biggest secret of all! It was great to revisit other characters as well, which is always the lovely thing about writing a series. For example, Holly, from Holly’s Christmas Secret is similar to Elsie and her rebellious ways in the fact that we find out she has been on a few suffragette marches, and, along with Pearl, the wealthy American girl we also met in the Christmas book, the three of them make up a very unholy trinity of young Edwardian women! It was an absolute joy to write about them all. And, to make it extra special (I wrote the book in lockdown, so I had to cheer myself up somehow and lose myself in my imagination) the story is also set around midsummer, which is one of my favourite times of year. I just love the long days and light nights, although to be fair I love the build up to midsummer most of all – the fact that we can see and experience the nights getting lighter. It’s ‘just wunnerful’ as Pearl would say!

Elsie lives in the very Bohemian area of Bloomsbury, London, and I did a lot of research about the Bloomsbury Group and the famous artists who were in that set at the time. I also read a particularly weighty tome (lockdown has a lot to answer for!) on Rupert Brooke and his Neo-Pagans – a set that moved in the same circles as the Bloomsbury Group, but to my mind the two groups were like a Venn Diagram. There was a little crossover between the two, but neither set seemed to mix fully with the other. By immersing myself in art exhibitions, books and also DVDs about the people who lived at that time, it was pretty easy to imagine Elsie in the middle of it all. Oh – and I have to mention the fact of Elsie’s bicycle. It has a basket on it, much like my beloved bike. I got it when I was a teenager and always wanted to be Myfanwy from the David Essex video – and by default from the John Betjeman poem the song was based on. The poem – and definitely the song – were a bit later in the century than my book is set, but I strongly recommend you read the poem or watch the video and drool over, I mean listen, to the David Essex version. The girl he describes is exactly the Elsie of my imagination. I do hope you enjoy the book, and are happy with the way things turn out. I know I am – and, for anyone who’s asking. I have left myself open for a fifth book and have a couple of characters in mind. I’ll never say never, although we are creeping up to WW1 in timescale, and I’m not sure I could do that time period justice, as I found writing about WW2 very difficult in Watch for me by Twilight. I’ll have to have a think … In the meantime, as I say, please do enjoy Elsie’s story and let me know what you think of it!

Summer’s Secret Marigold is available as an eBook and will also be out in audio/paperback soon:

  Kindle UK/Kobo/Apple Books/Nook

About the book:

 Can a summer secret from the past allow a new future to bloom?

For two people who run competing arts centres in Cornwall, Sybill Helyer and Coren Penhaligon get on rather well. So well in fact that Sybill often wishes the owner of Pencradoc Arts Centre would look up from his spreadsheets for a minute and notice her. Unfortunately, even that’s too much to ask from workaholic Coren.

However, when the pair join forces to run an exhibition on the wild and wonderful life of Elsie Pencradoc, a talented artist who lived at Coren’s estate in the early twentieth century, they’re in for a surprise. How will a secret sketchbook and an exquisite gothic dress from a long-ago midsummer costume ball lead them to the scandalous truth about Elsie – and perhaps encourage them to reveal a few long-kept secrets of their own?

About the author:

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

For more information on Kirsty visit:

www.twitter.com/kirsty_ferry

https://www.facebook.com/kirsty.ferry.author/

#BookReview IT STARTED WITH A PIRATE by KIRSTY FERRY

ABOUT THE BOOK

Coffee, cake and cats …


These are a few of Lexie Farrington’s favourite things, and when she walks into the Thistledean Café in Edinburgh, she’s delighted to find all three: coffee, cake, a big black cat on a purple lead being held by a very grumpy-looking pirate. Okay, maybe she wasn’t quite expecting that one …


Of course, Billy McCreadie isn’t really a pirate; he just knows a lot about them and is on his way to give a historical talk to school kids, hence the get-up. He’s also in desperate need of a cat sitter.When Lexie steps in, little does she realise that Billy will be the key to a hidden Edinburgh she would have never discovered herself, and he might also be the man to help solve a certain piratical puzzle of her own …

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Started-Pirate-fabulous-romantic-Schubert-ebook/dp/B08R679NSB/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Started-Pirate-fabulous-romantic-Schubert-ebook/dp/B08R679NSB/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/it-started-with-a-pirate

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/it-started-with-a-pirate/id1546080295

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kirsty_Ferry_It_Started_with_a_Pirate?id=V6kSEAAAQBAJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/it-started-with-a-pirate-kirsty-ferry/1138511497?ean=2940162708896 

MY REVIEW

The world always seems like a happier place when Schubert is around, so I was so glad to read the latest installment of the series – although these books are easily read as standalone!  

Schubert appears in the life of Lexie this time around and  he’s being looked after by Nessa’s brother Billy. It’s not the ideal situation for Billy as he’s got some historical talks to do and finds himself dressed as a Pirate …!  But the pirate look grabs the attention of Lexie when she visits the cafe he is in, and Schubert works his magic once more in introducing them to each other!

Their shared love of history and cemeteries bond them quickly, and they soon find themselves on a quest to find out more about a mysterious woman who appears in their life.  This is no ordinary search though as it opens up fascinating stories from the past and adds a twist to their time spent in cemeteries!!  The historical rabbit hole they find themselves disappearing down was brilliant!

I always love reconnecting with Schubert and the cast of characters around him – this is another fun read that you’ll find yourself racing through and wishing you had a chatty, helpful, meddlesome cat in your life!!

★★★★★

#GuestPost IT STARTED WITH A PIRATE by KIRSTY FERRY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry

Hello!! Happily handing over my blog today to the lovely Kirsty Ferry, to help her celebrate publication day for IT STARTED WITH A PIRATE! Schubert is back and the world is a happier place when he’s around!!
Over to you Kirsty……

Welcome to the fourth instalment of Schubert’s series. I’m so happy that Schubert, my fat, black, mystical witch’s cat has garnered such a following in a fun little series which started with Every Witch Way.

When I started the series with Nessa’s tale, it was a rewrite of a long-ish short story that I did in a coffee shop, many years ago, when I worked in a bank and would get into town early. So I’d head off to Boskoops Café in Old Eldon Square, and have cinnamon toast and an Americano, and do a bit of writing in a notebook. The café where Nessa finds the mysterious book that starts the events of the story off is based on Boskoops and there would sometimes be a gaggle of middle-aged women sitting in the window seat, which was the seat I preferred, and also the seat they preferred. I’m ashamed to say that became a battle of wills each morning as to who would get that seat first…

Boskooops was situated on the first floor of an old Georgian house, one of the original houses in the square – number 1, Eldon Square. A few years later, I did a local history course and we had to choose a building to do a project on, and I chose that one. In a sale in the library, I found a book called A Doctor’s Diary. I randomly picked it up, flicked through it, and realised the chap who had written it had come as a young man in the nineteenth century to be a doctor in Newcastle upon Tyne – and he lodged at that very building! It was a weird feeling, thinking I might have been scribbling away, drinking coffee, in a room that he had walked around in.

I just love old buildings and the history attached to them, and I think that’s why I enjoy the historical research so much in my books. It Started with a Pirate was no exception with research. I’ve always loved the romantic side of pirates, but, in a similar way to my obsession with highwaymen, I doubt they’d be very good company really if you met one in real life, doing his actual piratical/highwayman-like job! However, fortunately, we can inhabit the world of fiction and enjoy these bad boys safely, which is lovely.

When I began the research for It Started with a Pirate, it kind of spiralled, and then all came together in the book. The further I dug, and the further I fell down the Google rabbit hole, I came to see a way that pirates, Edinburgh and even the Jacobites could all fit together – and they all do, in this book. Much of my character Mhairi’s story is true – I doubt it all happened to one girl, but the historical records, trials and locations in the book, as well as the connection to the Jacobites, the Orkneys and shipwrecks – were all based on fact. I must also give a shout out to Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog for helping me with those locations and answering my questions – so if an author ever messages you and says something like, “um, can you tell me what the Sands of Leith look like now, please, because I believe pirates got hanged there,’ then please be kind, like Joanne was, and answer them! They may have done what I did – found a really interesting article about the skeleton of a pirate turning up in a school playground, and suddenly decide they want to write about it! The culmination of that research is It Started With a Pirate – and I hope you love reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing and researching it!

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About the book:

Coffee, cake and cats …

These are a few of Lexie Farrington’s favourite things, and when she walks into the Thistledean Café in Edinburgh, she’s delighted to find all three: coffee, cake, a big black cat on a purple lead being held by a very grumpy-looking pirate. Okay, maybe she wasn’t quite expecting that one …

Of course, Billy McCreadie isn’t really a pirate; he just knows a lot about them and is on his way to give a historical talk to school kids, hence the get-up. He’s also in desperate need of a cat sitter.

When Lexie steps in, little does she realise that Billy will be the key to a hidden Edinburgh she would have never discovered herself, and he might also be the man to help solve a certain piratical puzzle of her own …

Buying links: 

Amazon UK . 

Amazon US .

 Kobo 

iBooks 

Nook

About the author:

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting. 

Follow Kirsty on Twitter: @kirsty_ferry

 Like Kirsty on Facebook: Kirsty Ferry author

#BookReview HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS SECRET by KIRSTY FERRY

ABOUT THE BOOK


Once upon a Cornish Christmas …

It’s almost Christmas at the Pencradoc estate in Cornwall which means that, as usual, tea room owner Sorcha Davies is baking up a festive storm. And this year Sorcha is hoping her mince pies will be going down a treat at ‘The Spirit of Christmas Past’ exhibition being organised at the house by new local antiques dealer, Locryn Dyer.


But as Locryn and Sorcha spend more time together, they begin to uncover a very special story of Christmas past that played out at Pencradoc more than a century before, involving a certain ‘Lady’ Holly Sawyer, a festive dinner party and a magical secret encounter with a handsome author …


PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT


PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollys-Christmas-Secret-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B08GSM8519/  

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/hollys-christmas-secret/id1529429721?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&at=11lNBs&ls=1

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/holly-s-christmas-secret

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hollys-christmas-secret-kirsty-ferry/1137551652?ean=2940162757702

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kirsty_Ferry_Holly_s_Christmas_Secret?id=G9j7DwAAQBAJ

MY REVIEW

We return to Pencradoc for another magical time slip story, and once again it just sweeps you away with the history and the mystery and I loved it!

This is book 3 in the Cornish Secrets series, but can easily be read as a standalone as each story follows a different character and experience.

This time Sorcha, the tearoom owner, is the main focus of this story as she helps get things ready for the Spirit of Christmas Past exhibition being held there. Locryn is the new local antique dealer, and he’s also involved so that means they have to start spending a lot of time together! And that’s when the fun starts!!

They both begin to watch the past unfold in front of their eyes and it’s always such a remarkable sight to see characters of the past play out their storyline. We get to travel back to 1906 for the ghostly goings on, and are introduced to Elsie Pencradoc and her friend Holly who are planning a big Christmas party!

This had such a fairytale feel to it throughout – from the setting to the storyline – and I just adored my time spent in the company of all these characters! A spectacular supernatural story!!

★★★★★

#GuestPost HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS SECRET by KIRSTY FERRY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry

Christmas in October??! Yes please!! We need something to brighten our days, so I’m so happy to share this guest post from the lovely Kirsty Ferry to celebrate it being publication day for HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS SECRET!! So get some suitable Xmas music on your playlist and read on for more about this fabulous new release!! I’ve added the links too for you to grab your copy!!


Over to you Kirsty….

Release Day Post: Holly’s Christmas Secret by Kirsty Ferry

Holly’s Christmas Secret is the eighteenth book I’ve had published by Choc Lit, and my fifth Christmas book. The way it’s worked out that for each series I’ve done, I’ve produced a Christmas book. Next year could pose a bit of a challenge, as the book I’m currently writing is the summer Pencradoc book, and the final one in the series as it stands. So unless I can whip up a book to be written and published on top of that one, to have a new series started in readiness for a Christmas book, I’ll have to do a standalone – which poses its own problems! But for now, let’s think about this year’s Christmas book.

Holly’s Christmas Secret is the third book in the ‘Cornish Secrets’ series, and we have jumped ahead from Lily Valentine’s infamous visit to Pencradoc in 1895, to Christmas 1906. Lady Elsie Pencradoc, the precocious eight-year-old from Lily’s Secret, is now a young woman: beautiful, Bohemian and just as arty and dramatic as she was when she was eight. She invites her friend, Holly, to a Christmas party at Pencradoc and concocts a fun ruse to introduce her as “Lady” Holly, mainly to annoy one of the most irritating, snobbish guests there, but also because Holly has a deep-rooted love of fairytales and wants to enjoy her own Cinderella story that evening. Holly catches the eye of Noel, a down-to-earth party guest and sparks fly.

The contemporary storyline is focused on Sorcha, who was introduced in Lily’s Secret very briefly as the owner of the Tower Tea Room on the estate, and Locryn, a new addition to Pencradoc village. Locryn owns an antiques shop and has a very special family secret of his own. There’s plenty of festive baking in this book, and my mouth was watering as I wrote about the treats Sorcha was preparing for her Festive Afternoon Teas. It’s all so very clear in my head what the tea room looks like, and how she’s decorated the place like Santa’s Grotto – even to where the seats are placed in the tea room, and how the staircase curves up into the exhibition space which Locryn is using. I wish I could go there, to be honest!

I really hope that you enjoy visiting Pencradoc at Christmas as much as I did – even though I was still finishing the book off in April! And I promise I’ll get thinking about Christmas 2021, just as soon as I get Pencradoc number four off the table!

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About the Book

Once upon a Cornish Christmas …

It’s almost Christmas at the Pencradoc estate in Cornwall which means that, as usual, tea room owner Sorcha Davies is baking up a festive storm. And this year Sorcha is hoping her mince pies will be going down a treat at ‘The Spirit of Christmas Past’ exhibition being organised at the house by new local antiques dealer, Locryn Dyer.

But as Locryn and Sorcha spend more time together, they begin to uncover a very special story of Christmas past that played out at Pencradoc more than a century before, involving a certain ‘Lady’Holly Sawyer, a festive dinner party and a magical secret encounter with a handsome author ..

Buying Links: 

Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollys-Christmas-Secret-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B08GSM8519/ 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/holly-s-christmas-secret 

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/hollys-christmas-secret/id1529429721

 Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hollys-christmas-secret-kirsty-ferry/1137551652

About the Author:

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting. 

Follow Kirsty on Twitter @kirsty_ferry

 Find her on Facebook: Kirsty Ferry Author

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#BookReview Lily’s Secret by Kirsty Ferry #PublicationDay #LilysSecret

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘There’s nothing logical about Pencradoc!’

Aspiring actress Cordelia Beaumont is fed up of spending summer in the city. So, when the opportunity presents itself, she jumps straight on a train to pay a visit to Pencradoc – the beautiful Cornish estate where her friend Merryn works. 


But far from the relaxing break Cordy imagined, she soon finds herself immersed in the glamorous yet mysterious world of Victorian theatre sensation, Lily Valentine. Lily was once a guest at Pencradoc and, with the help of visiting artist Matt Harker, Cordy comes to discover that the actress left far more than memories at the old house. She also left a scandalous secret …


PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lilys-Secret-secrets-romance-Perfect-ebook/dp/B089T2R6VK/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/search?query=Lily%27s+Secret

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/lilys-secret/id1517403239?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lilys-secret-kirsty-ferry/1137150436?ean=2940162924333

MY REVIEW

This is the 2nd book in the Cornish Secrets series – A Secret Rose being the 1st – and the ghostly goings on are back in full force and I loved it!  Any excuse to revisit Pencradoc is fine by me, and it was glorious to be seduced by the history of the house once more and the intriguing characters who have lived out their lives in the house and grounds.

This story is seen through the eyes of Cordelia, an actress who finds herself seeking time out at Pencradoc with her friend Merryn, to escape an ex and issues with her flat! She’s looking foward to a different pace of life for a while and finds herself falling for the charms of the house, the history of past inhabitants and a friend of the owners!!

As the story flits from the now back to the past, we’re introduced to Lily Valentine who was a star from the Victorian era, and ends up living at Pencradoc with her new husband.  I found both timelines to be captivating  but especially the story of Lily as she is facing an uncertain future as an actress, and fearing the past may be going to catch up with her, no matter how hard she tries to distance herself from it.  And we get to see the world through the eyes of little Elsie who is a whirlwind of a personality in the body of an 8 year old!!

I always love these dual timeline stories as there is so much to explore with these characters,  it’s fun and exhilarating to see their worlds combine throughout this story.  There are a few scary moments to get the heart thumping but you’re mostly left feeling with a warm fuzzy feeling and a real bond with these characters.  I’m just hoping there’ll be another book in this series very soon!!

★★★★★

#GuestPost LILY’S SECRET by KIRSTY FERRY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry

Hello!  Time for a takeover on my Blog today, a special treat for Publication Day of LILY’S SECRET!  And the lovely Kirsty Ferry is here to share a bit of background to the book – it’s a book you don’t want to miss out on as I have already had the pleasure of reading it and loved it!!

So, over to you Kirsty……

Release Day Post: Lily’s Secret by Kirsty Ferry 

I’m very happy that Lily’s Secret has now been published and how it’s added beautifully to my new Cornish Secrets series for Choc Lit. It’s a sequel to A Secret Rose and is set at Pencradoc, the same gothic old mansion on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, that has now made a name for itself as an Arts Centre.

It’s lovely creating these sort of places, because I can pick and choose how they look and what facilities they have! I tend to take parts of places I’ve visited and shamelessly use them – this time we have the historical thread incorporating a ‘Pageant’ that the children of the family put on, and I’ve borrowed bits from the likes of Lyme Park and Mount Grace Priory and Abbot’s Hall, which is part of the Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk.

All these places had, when we visited, images, photographs and even black and white home movies of children taking part in pageants and plays, and I thought it was the ideal backdrop to frame Victorian actress Lily Valentine and her scandalous secret – how something so innocent and fun can reveal something so shocking!

I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I loved creating Lily, who I based on famous, scandalous actresses of the day and discovering more about her contemporary counterpart, Cordelia, who you may remember was a minor character in A Secret Rose. This time, Cordelia is feeling rather disillusioned with her acting career and after her flat floods, she decides to come down to see her friend Merryn at Pencradoc – and thus the two actress’s lives collide …

Unlike Hartsford Hall in my Hartsford Mysteries series, Pencradoc is haunted in a very different way. With Hartsford, the ghosts tend to drift around all the time, but with Pencradoc, they only appear to people they have a connection with – and it’s usually to help tell someone their story and reveal a secret that’s hidden in the very fabric of the old buildings. I do hope you enjoy reading Lily’s Secret as much as I enjoyed creating it, and fall in love with little Lady Elsie who stomped right up to my keyboard and demanded some attention whilst I was writing. I had to reign her in a bit and promise Elsie her very own book when she was a big, grown up girl – but for now, this is Lily’s story and I do hope you like it.

About the book:

‘There’s nothing logical about Pencradoc!’ Aspiring actress Cordelia Beaumont is fed up of spending summer in the city. So, when the opportunity presents itself, she jumps straight on a train to pay a visit to Pencradoc – the beautiful Cornish estate where her friend Merryn works. But far from the relaxing break Cordy imagined, she soon finds herself immersed in the glamorous yet mysterious world of Victorian theatre sensation, Lily Valentine. Lily was once a guest at Pencradoc and, with the help of visiting artist Matt Harker, Cordy comes to discover that the actress left far more than memories at the old house. She also left a scandalous secret …

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About the author:

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short

stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

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#BookReview IT STARTED WITH A GIGGLE by KIRSTY FERRY #publicationday @ChocLituk

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sometimes the best things start in the strangest ways …. with a giggle!
On a night out in Edinburgh, single mum Liza-Belle Graham finds herself revealing her hopes and dreams to a green-eyed stranger. Liza always wanted to run an “arty-crafty-booky” business, and she’s seen the perfect empty shop to make her dreams a reality. No harm in telling the stranger. It’s not like she’ll see him again …


But Scott McCreadie is no mystery man – he’s an interior designer looking for new premises. And who does Liza bump into when she arranges a viewing? None other than Scott trying to steal her perfect shop!
Is Liza’s arty-crafty-booky dream in jeopardy, or is a new dream about to begin?

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Started-Giggle-wonderful-heart-warming-story-ebook/dp/B081Z43HXK/

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/it-started-with-a-giggle/id1489159621?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/it-started-with-a-giggle

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kirsty_Ferry_It_Started_with_a_Giggle?id=b9jFDwAAQBAJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/it-started-with-a-giggle-kirsty-ferry/1135121910

Website: https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/it-started-with-a-giggle/

MY REVIEW

There’s romance, drama, fun and a cat that always steals the show – what more do you want from a book?!  It’s always wonderful to reconnect with characters from the Schubert series (Every Witch Way and A Christmas Secret ) and this time with get to follow the story of single mum Liza and Scott, who is Nessa’s brother. They meet when she’s on a rare night out and there’s a spark between them, but then that could be the booze that Liza has been drinking! She opens up to him about her plans for her future business as she hopes to open an ‘arty crafty bookstore’ (don’t we all?!).   He’s also on the lookout for new premises for his interior design business, and when they find themselves looking at the same place their ‘attraction’ soon becomes ‘irritation’!

When the owner of the building comes up with a compromise it’s fun to watch to see if it works out for the both of them, and with  Liza’s daughter Isa becoming firm friends with both Scott and Schubert, then maybe Liza can’t be too negative about Scott for too long.  He has a ‘sarky’ side but also shows himself to be very understanding and compassionate. Liza has been on her own for quite sometime now so is used to doing things her way and looking out for her daughter, so maybe someone new on the scene  is a little daunting for her.

I found this latest installment in the series to be just as much fun to read as the others. I loved seeing how Schubert made his presence felt as always, and the characters in his world were just as fun to follow. It was heartwarming, dramatic and I had all the feels as the story evolved with a rather dramatic and unexpected twist!

★★★★★

#CoverReveal IT STARTED WITH A GIGGLE by KIRSTY FERRY @ChocLituk

COVER REVEAL

Hello!!  The Christmas cover reveals are all done so now it’s time to get you planning ahead for 2020 – get your calendars ready and schedule some amazing books that are coming your way!

And the lovely Kirsty Ferry and the team at Choc Lit have let me loose again with another fabulous cover reveal to share with you all!  So here’s a little bit more about IT STARTED WITH A GIGGLE (a title to make you smile!!) before I share the cover!

Sometimes the best things start in the strangest ways …. with a giggle!

On a night out in Edinburgh, single mum Liza-Belle Graham finds herself revealing her hopes and dreams to a green-eyed stranger. Liza always wanted to run an “arty-crafty-booky” business, and she’s seen the perfect empty shop to make her dreams a reality. No harm in telling the stranger. It’s not like she’ll see him again …

But Scott McCreadie is no mystery man – he’s an interior designer looking for new premises. And who does Liza bump into when she arranges a viewing? None other than Scott trying to steal her perfect shop!

Is Liza’s arty-crafty-booky dream in jeopardy, or is a new dream about to begin?

It Started With a Giggle will be published by Choc Lit on 21st January 2020 and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms. It will also be available in audio at a slightly later date.

Are we ready??!  Here it is………

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A little bit of everything on that cover!!  My calendar has already been marked for the release of this one and hope you’re as excited as I am about reading it!