Here is my interview with Eileen Thornton

I was interviewed by Fiona Mcvie

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Name Eileen Thornton

Age:

Let’s just say I am a lady of a certain age 😀

Where are you from

I was born on Tyneside – Low Fell, Gateshead to be exact and I went to Kells Lane School. When I was eleven years old the family moved to Whitley Bay on the north east coast, so I went to Park Secondary Modern School. It was demolished some years back. I have one sister and we had a great life with the most wonderful parents.

I wasn’t brilliant at school. For instance, I didn’t pass the 11 plus to go to Grammar School. But I never let that get me down and I never resented those that did.

When I left school, I worked as a shop assistant, before moving on to clerical work. I like to think I was conscientious about whatever I did. I was promoted to Higher…

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RRBC Member of the Month

 

I am just so excited! I have just discovered that I have been nominated Member of the Month (MOM) for March in the wonderful group ‘Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules‘.

The idea is that all members rally around and give a big shove to the current member of the month by promoting their books. In turn this will bring the attention of the readers out there to this particular member’s work.

I joined the group few months ago and have really enjoyed my time as a member. The idea behind the group, founded by Nonnie Jules, is that the members all help promote each other’s work. Believe me, independent authors need all the help they can get. It is a tough world out there with lots of new new books being published every day.

Anyway, I threw myself into the group with gusto! retweeting, sharing, promoting, reading and reviewing other members’ work as best I could. I should add that one of the rules is that your reviews are totally honest.

They also run competitions etc. You might recall that I was promoting the RRBC Block Trailer Party a few months ago, where we invited everyone to check out and leave comments on the trailers to the various books on offer. Prizes were given to the most interest comment.

If anyone reading this is a writer, they might like to check out this group for themselves. Simply follow the link above to find out all they do to help their members.

I am following in the footsteps of Maggie Thom, MOM for February. She is a wonderful writer. I thoroughly enjoyed her novel, Captured Lies. So she is a hard act to follow. But I must add, she is only one of the truly great writers in the group.

And I think that is all for the moment.

But before you log off, why not check out the group, after all, it might be just what you are looking for.!

Cheers!

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Happy New Year!

First of all I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all best wishes for 2016.

I am sure you did all manner of wonderful things to bring in the New Year and had a wonderful time in the process.  As for me… I went to bed!

This must be the first time I haven’t seen in the New Year with a glass in my hand! But there you go. I suppose there is a first time for something, for everyone! I hope you understand that last sentence! I thin9fb56-eileen25252cray-new252520year252520party-grange252520road255b1255dk I do!

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n many years ago. We were throwing one of our many New Year’s Eve Parties at our
house.

No, we didn’t party or sip a drink as the clock chimed the midnight hour, we simply slept through the whole thing.

We did have a fun Christmas, though! We went off to Nidd Hall, a wonderful hotel near Harrogate in Yorkshire and had a great time. The staff were wonderful and the food was great. It was a bonus not to have to think about what we were going to have for each meal. It was all there prepared for us. Actually, there was too much food! we actually skipped two meals during our stay.

The Pavilion Theatre, the heart of the hotel, had various shows on all day and we were entertained by some wonderful acts, such as Martin Daniels (son of Paul) and the wonderful Todd Miller Orchestra, which was formed by Joe Loss some years ago..

Anyway, it was all very nice and a big thank you must go to all the people who made our stay so wonderful.

The only sorry thing was that we had a puncture on the way there. Can you imagine it? The tyre suddenly decided that it had had enough and let us down on the A1. After some delay the car was lifted onto a truck and we were taken to a Kwik Fit Centre in Morpeth, where we were fitted with a new tyre and sent on our way.

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that the true meaning of the Season of Good Will wasn’t forgotten while opening your presents.

Have a great day however you are spending it.

Happy New Year to you all.

Cheers!

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Chink Chink!

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Well, my husband and I took a trip to Newcastle-on-Tyne! You might recall that I mentioned it in my last post.

We stayed at the Premier Inn near the Millennium Bridge on the quayside. The trip was a great success. We both enjoyed it immensely. The weather was perfect, especially for the time of the year. We were able to walk along the quayside (when I say walk, I was walking, Phil was on his mobile scooter) and then sit outside The Pitcher & Piano without coats, sipping wine, while watching the people pass to and fro.

On the first day, we spent some time in the city visiting the shops and walking around past Grey’s Monument and other various landmarks.

The only thing I will say, and this is a big thing as far as I am concerned – bearing in mind that both Phil and I are from Tyneside and used to know the place inside out – the city is no longer car friendly! We had worked out how to get to the Premier Inn before we set off. However, we found the road we wanted to use was closed! As was another we tried! We did make it in the end, but decided there and then that we would use taxis to and from our trip to the centre of the city.

The taxi drivers were very friendly and exceedingly helpful. When we told them of our problem finding the motel, they agreed the routes were difficult to navigate. One went as far as to say that there were times when the routes changed overnight! One way streets were springing up all over the place,

On the morning of our departure, we worked out a route using Google Maps, only to find we had missed our turning and were forced to follow the flow over the Tyne Bridge and through Gateshead. We ended up at the Team Valley Trading Estate! Many reading this won’t know the area at all, so I will just say that we were travelling south when we needed to go north!

Anyway, we managed to get back home in one piece – no thanks to the other drivers, who seemed to want to travel at break neck speed and didn’t give a hoot for anyone who was struggling with the idiotic chaos of the route! Nevertheless, as I said earlier, we really did have a wonderful break!

So what’s next? Well, for a start, I will have to get back to working on my new novel and then there is the ironing to do. But not today! Today, I am popping around to a friend’s house for a drink and a natter.

So with that wonderful thought in your minds I will close now and wait for Sainsburys to deliver my shopping before I go out!

Have a great day!

Cheers!

A New Beginning!

Well I have made up my mind – after a gentle prod from a friend! I am going to put the novel I was working on into a drawer and start something new.

It was obvious that I wasn’t getting anywhere with the sequel to Divorcees.Biz, so I have changed direction. Not before time! Why on earth didn’t I do that some time ago? I could see my novel was going anywhere fast or even slowly, come to that so I should have done this a year ago.

Anyway, I will keep you informed as to how this new idea pans out. I am giving it the working title of A New Beginning because, in a way, that is really what it is. I might even keep the title, as the ideas I have floating around in my head are about someone starting life afresh. But that is all I am going to say about it at the moment, as it might not work out – but I am determined to give it my best shot!

Apart from that, things are very quiet in my life. But that is how things are just now, though tomorrow night I am going to a ‘Race Night’ at our local club. What I know about horses and racing wouldn’t fill a paragraph, so I the other ‘punters’ have nothing to worry about. However, I just feel it will be a fun evening with friends.

At some point I am going to Newcastle for a few days. Now that will be fun! I love the city. Probably because was brought up on Tyneside. You are probably wondering why I am not living there now, as I like it so much, but that is another story!

Changing the subject entirely, I would just like to say I have read two excellent books lately. You will find my reviews on Amazon.

On that note I will close now, but don’t forget to check out the two books I mentioned details below.

Have a great day wherever you are

Cheers!!

Captured Lies by Maggie Thom                                          Bravura by Lisa Kirasian

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Stuck in a Rut

I am stuck in a rut at the moment. I say at the moment, but quite honestly this has been going on for months.

I started writing a new novel about a year ago, but I can’t seem to get on with it. I have absolutely no idea where it is going. To tell you the truth, I am not really sure where it is coming from… I can’t even say what it is about, because I am still trying to work that out myself. Oh I had such plans for this novel. It was going to carry on with the same characters as Divorcees.Biz They were going to open a completely new agency, but that is about as far as I got.

While I was writing Divorcees.Biz the four ladies seemed to take over. The words simply flew out from my fingertips onto the computer. It was almost as though the ladies carried on planning and working even when I had shut down for the night. This time, they are totally silent! They have let me down with a thump.

For some reason all my get-up-and-go has disappeared without trace. My imagination has switched itself off and refuses to turn back on again. What is the matter with me? I need someone to give me a poke, but not too hard 🙂   If anyone has any inspirational words for me, I would be delighted to hear from youAAA

For those of you who don’t know, my novel Only Twelve Days was published last year. It’s a rather delightful love story set in the 1970’s before computers and mobile phones had taken over the world. It tells of two shy, lonely people who meet quite by chance and fall in love. But there are several obstacles on their path to happiness.

The Trojan Project is still going strong. It was republished last year by Creativia Publishing and has a gorgeous cover, designed by Dawne Dominique.TheTrojanProject_400x600_dpi150_MED

This novel is an action/thriller designed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Perhaps you might like to check it out sometime.

Anyway, I think that is all for the moment.

Have a great day wherever you are!

Cheers!!

Catch Up – Well, sort of…

Before I write anything else, can I just mention that both my novels, The Trojan Project an action packed thriller and Divorcees.Biz are at a very low price on Kindle at Amazon at the moment. And I really mean low!  I’m not sure how long the offer will last, so if you are looking for a novel which will either keep you on the edge of your seat or one that will make you smile, then make your choice and download a copy right now.

 

I am sometimes asked why I decided to write the two novels in completely different genres. Most writers stick to one genre.  Well the answer to that is, I really don’t know. The best I can come up with was that when I decided to write The Trojan Project, I wanted to write something that would grab everyone’s attention. Something that would make the reader gasp and keep them glued to the edge of their seat.  I say glued to the edge of their seat here as I didn’t want anyone falling off their chair and needing medical attention.

 

However, when I came to writing the second novel, I felt I wanted to write something completely different. Something light-hearted, something which would make the reader feel good and relax and even make them smile. I must add here that I thoroughly enjoyed writing about the four women in Divorcees.Biz. Especially Sadie, the scatty one. She is a bit like me – grown up but not yet really got to grips with it. But then aren’t we all a little bit like that deep down?

 

Okay, so I have given my novels a little bit more than a mention. But you will understand that these two books took me some time to write and now, looking back, they are a real part of my life. They are me.

 

Sooo… moving on, you will be delighted to know that my friend and I managed to get to Newcastle last Monday. I can’t remember the last time we were there as my husband has been so poorly. I have really missed our visits to that wonderful city.  The only trouble was that because we hadn’t been there for so long, the time passed too quickly. Going on the bus from Jedburgh saves a a great deal of hassle with traffic and parking and everything else that spoils a trip anywhere. But it does mean that you have to watch the clock. There is only one bus per day and if you miss it, then you are stuck there until the next day.  Nevertheless, it is good fun day out and we did make time for our liquid lunch in the M&S Deli Bar Gosh it wouldn’t be the same without stopping off in the M&S Deli Bar. The staff there are so friendly and it is wonderful sitting there on the bar stools, sipping a glass of wine and watching the world go by.

 

Apart from my trip to Newcastle, my husband had three medical appointments last week, so that meant we couldn’t really plan to do anything else on those three days. Isn’t it amazing, some weeks we have nothing going on, no appointments etc., and then along comes a week when we can’t do anything else but visit the hospital, doctor’s surgery or clinic.

 

This morning was coffee morning at our social club. My husband gave it a miss, but I decided to go and catch up with all the local news. However, there wasn’t much news going around this week. But the club did have three events to promote running up to Christmas, so we all have something to look forward to.

 

My laptop is giving me trouble. It seems to freeze up when I want to do anything. I have no idea what is wrong with it, but I have given it a verbal warning. Any more messing me around and it will be joining my last laptop in the land of unusable computers – the council recycling dump. I will keep you posted. If it the reprimand works, then I will hire myself out to people whose computers need a good talking to!!

 

I called this post ‘Catch Up’, as I thought I could bring you up to speed on the week’s events. But it seems I don’t really have much to catch up on as I thought I had. Anyway, I think I have rambled on enough

 

But, as always have a good day

 

Cheers!!