September seems to be a publishing month

September seems to be a popular month for me and publishing, I published ‘Flipside’ on September 19th 2013, and four years later published ‘Lucky Portbraddon’  on September 11th. I’d had the idea for Flipside many years previously – I had been to collect my car from having its service and noticed two of the men who worked there; there was something about their interaction with each  other which triggered thoughts which led to me writing the first draft of the book… that must have been nearly twenty years ago now! Here is the blurb:

Jaz has moved from Bristol to be with her recently widowed brother; she is a teacher and she has moved from a high-flying head of faculty post in a top school to take a lowly temporary position in a challenging school in the north of England. She is up to the challenge, but she does not expect to find her life is in danger from a man who has already butchered three women; she has met the love of her life, but is he, could he possibly be, the murderer?
She discovers some brutal truths about her beloved brother, he seems on the verge of a breakdown, convinced there is a conspiracy surrounding his wife’s death… but where does he go on Fridays, and what does he do?
“I was alone, utterly alone. I thought I’d been brave running away from my life in Bristol, my friends and familiar places; I was pleased to be so daring and impetuous, and so certain of my love for David when our eyes had met in the Lees Spa Hotel. But I hadn’t taken him home and made love to him in order to enter a violent world of fear and hate and danger.”

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‘Lucky Portbraddon’ was a story which took a while to sort itself out… I was fascinated by the relationships between members of a band, fuelled partly by my husband’s many stories of bands he had played with over the years, and also the publicised fallings out of popular bands I followed. This became linked to my own family who have remained close despite all sorts of difficulties. What emerged was a story of six cousins, bound by family ties, but having various difficulties with each other. They were kept united as a family by a dominant and maybe domineering grandmother… but when she died things began to go wrong. This is the blurb for ‘Lucky Portbraddon’:

“Lucky Portbraddon… a rather rascally ancestor of my late husband, or so family legend has it, was a favourite friend of the Prince Regent, apparently, but Lucky made, not lost, his fortune…”
A few days before Christmas, as the Portbraddon family gathers at their grandmother’s big house up on the moors, the last of the cousins drives through a blizzard to join them:
…There was a severed dog’s head stuck on the gatepost. There’d been a few seconds pause in the driving snow and in those few seconds, lit by their headlights, she glimpsed the wolf-like creature, maw gaping, tongue lolling, teeth bared in one final gory snarl. Then the blizzard obliterated the stone beast and everything else in a seething maelstrom… 
A near-death experience does not seem an auspicious start to their family get together, but the cousins determine to celebrate as they always do.
However as the old year ends and the new begins it seems their good fortune is about to run out. An unexpected death, a descent into madness, betrayal… and as the year progresses other things befall them, a stalker, attempted murder, a patently dodgy scheme for selling holiday homes in a dangerous part of the Caucasus… Maybe the Portbraddons are not so lucky… except there is also love, a new home, reconciliation, a spiritual journey, music.. .
One thing remains true, whatever difficulties arise between them, whatever happens, family is family, family first… “They’re like a big bunch of musketeers, all for one and one for all!”

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And if you’re wondering whether anything else might happen on the book front this September… well watch this space!

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