Archive | September 2021

Meet Patricia M Osborne

I rated all three books at five stars!

Please make welcome Patricia M Osborne, to my blog. Hello Tricia, shall we have a cup of tea and get started? Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

Hi everyone, I’m Patricia M Osborne, Tricia to my friends and family. I’m a novelist, short story writer and a poet. Although born in Liverpool, I now live in West Sussex (UK) with my family.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

Writing has always been my love but I was drawn to poetry more than prose. It was only after studying my creative writing modules as part of my BA degree that I turned to fiction and after writing a screenplay as part of my BA, realised House of Grace had the potential to become a novel.

How difficult was it writing your first book?

Difficult of course, but because I already knew the outline of my story from writing the screenplay, I was able to follow the movie reel in my mind’s eye.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

My mum died just before I’d finished the first draft of House of Grace and at this time, I did feel like giving up. It was good friends believing in me that kept me going.

Sorry for your loss. Writing can help with pain.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

I am lucky to have some very supportive friends and can’t single out just one person.

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

Be persistent and don’t be phased by rejection. It’s the persistent writer who’ll make it. I’m afraid I can’t remember where the advice came from.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

Mainly female, sixteen upwards, although I’ve had numerous men enjoy the House of Grace trilogy too. The younger female likes discovering what things were like in past times whereas women born in the fifties and sixties are able to relate to the retro.   

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

The first attempt at the cover was a flop. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted and hired a local artist. Her interpretation wasn’t what I was looking for at all but it was only after seeing her sketch that I knew what I did want. I wanted vibrant – something to stand out –Grace needed a red dress. I managed to find a cover designer who after a couple of attempts produced exactly the cover I desired.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I’m also a poet and have had three poetry pamphlets published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press with another to follow later this year and one to be published in 2022.

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

I’m working on an historical fiction novel set late Victorian/early Edwardian. It is about a young French mademoiselle who discovers on her seventeenth birthday she must come to England and marry an English baronet to fulfill a one-hundred-year-old oath. Not quite the birthday gift she was expecting.

Here is an excerpt from the opening chapter – subject to edit.

The Oath

Patricia M Osborne

Part 1

Chapter 1

Françoise

23rd March 1895

I looked out of the shuttered window. Four o’clock and the sun was still shining. It had been a lovely spring day. Geneviève and Céleste stepped into their Phaeton pulled by two beautiful iron-grey ponies. My friends waved. I waved back. Geneviève flicked the reins and the horses trotted down the drive. Geneviève and I had known each other since kindergarten and were more like sisters. More so than her actual sister, Céleste. Céleste was two years younger but liked to tag along whenever she got the chance.

            ‘Joyeaux anniversaire, mon ange.’ Papa hobbled across the room and sank down in the armchair by the inglenook fireplace. He coughed into his handkerchief. ‘I trust tea with your friends was enjoyable?’

            ‘Oui, Papa. I have had a wonderful afternoon, merci.’

            Maman followed Papa into the parlour, her once dark hair now the colour of Geneviève’s ponies. She pressed the middle of her back as she eased down on the tan Chesterfield. ‘Have you spoken to Françoise?’ she asked.

            ‘Not yet. I was waiting for you and Michel. Where is he?’ Papa spluttered.

            ‘I am here.’ Michel’s bright blue eyes twinkled. ‘First I shall stoke the fire as it is starting to turn cold.’ He poked the embers and added a few pieces of coal before sinking into the sofa next to Maman. Michel was twenty-four last month but he still had a youthful look and trim physique.      

            ‘What is going on?’ I joined Maman and Michel on the sofa, unable to remove my grin, expecting another birthday surprise.

            Françoise, we must discuss your future.’ Papa struck a match and lit up his pipe, coughing and spluttering. ‘Remember how when you were little, I would tell you the story of a prince who lived far away who would one day send for his princess?’

            ‘Yes, Papa, but that was just a game. Mais oui?’

            ‘Non, ange, not a game.’ He coughed. ‘One hundred years ago there were two brothers, Henri and Willeme Dubois, our ancestors. Henri emigrated to England but before leaving he drew up a contract with his twin brother, Willeme. Henri vowed to support Willeme and his descendants forever more. We are Willeme’s descendants.’

            I frowned. ‘Contract?’

            ‘Oui. The contract was written in our family bible.’ Papa held up a tattered leather embossed book held together with a clasp. ‘In here.’ He patted the hardcover. ‘Willeme also swore an oath to his brother that if ever a male descendant of Henri’s, during any time era, required a bride to provide an heir, they could call on Willeme’s line for the pledge to be fulfilled.’

            My heart beat faster. ‘What has that got to do with me?’

            ‘Because my dear, you are the princess and your prince has sent for his bride.’ Father puffed on his pipe, blowing out smoke. 

continued (ah… sounds interesting!)

Any last words before we wrap things up?

I run a successful blog over on Patricia’s Pen where I feature other authors and poets. Thank you, Mary, for inviting me over to your website and asking such fabulous questions. (You’re welcome, Tricia.)

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About Patricia M Osborne

Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).

Patricia is a novelist, poet and short fiction writer. She has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. The final book in House of Grace family saga trilogy was published March 2021. Her poetry pamphlets are published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

She has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.

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This entry was posted on September 30, 2021. 2 Comments

Broken Twigs #ChapterBook #kidlit

From Amazon: Having escaped through the magical doorway in an old, gnarly tree, Twigs and Thistle enter the ravaged realm of the thunderbird. Trees have been burned, mountains scarred and not a single living creature can be seen in this desolate land. But then the friends discover some hideaways who are living in fear. A foolish choice has been made, and now the protected have become the hunted. The angered thunderbird wants revenge, and Twigs and Thistle must face the mythical beast in order to improve their chances of finding a doorway home. In this, the second book of the enchanting series, Broken Twigs, the feisty fae and her elf friend must find their courage if they ever hope to see Faerie Forest again.

My Review: I found this book to be an awesome fantasy filled with fairies, and more, in a truly make-believe setting. The characters come to life with the illustrations that support them. Children learn many lessons and honesty is one lesson. Children learn what can happen if one steals what isn’t theirs, and the consequences of such acts. Highly recommended.

Changeling by Anna Casamento Arrigo #poetry

From Amazon: Poetic fuel for that fire inside your body and soul. Changeling is written by Anna Casamento Arrigo

My Review: As I read this book, I was drawn into each poem, deeply, and emotion flowed within my person. I liked all of the book and especially “Mass”. One can see the beauty of the words with the delightful artistry of the graphics included. Five stars!

How to Write For Success Literary Magazine

From Amazon: HOW TO WRITE FOR SUCCESS LITERARY MAGAZINE – SECOND ISSUE, due in September and March each year, contains interviews of literary icons, poems from five-star poets, articles and poems from Chief Administrators, Administrators, a round-up of the network’s news and achievements over the past six months of all five forums, and more, Read and be entertained by acclaimed poets around the world from the following Literary Forums:
1. How to Write for Success Literary Forum
2. Literary Forum for Poems Against Domestic Violence
3. Poems for Prevention of Suicide Literary Forum
4. Library of How to Write for Success – BOOKS ONLY and
5.Grupo Hispaniomundial De Escritores -UHE Trinidad and Tobago.
Sit back with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy.

This entry was posted on September 23, 2021. 1 Comment

Sentenced to Heaven #Comedy #bookreview

From Amazon: A humorous, feel-good tale to keep you laughing! Alan has been accused of being a vampire, a vampire in heaven. His canine buddy, a little Pekingese named Nippy, also comes under question. No one understands how Alan has managed it, but his heavenly body has changed. He has actual blood coursing through his heavenly vessel, and he’s become addicted to the stuff. When he’s labeled a vampire, everyone becomes concerned that his condition could spread. As a result, heaven is placed under quarantine. Its pearly gates are closed until the mystery is solved. Fortunately, Alan gets help from unexpected sources, including heaven’s canine community. A little dog named Nippy becomes a friend that supports Alan as he tries to find a solution to his woes. Mayhem and laughter come together to make this a tale that will leave you smiling.

My Review: This is the first book that I’ve read by Bazinet. She has woven a lovely take on heaven and a vampire, one that takes caring about others to new level. We all can learn from the narrative, laugh, commiserate with the loss, and be happy regardless of what comes our way. For Alan to realize his full self, finally, was scripted within this book. Five stars.

This entry was posted on September 23, 2021. 2 Comments

Getting Away With Murder #book #JoyWood

From Amazon: Getting Away with Murder. Claire is happily married to the charismatic Max Maric and living the dream in a luxury house in the prestigious Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour. She loves her husband and their precious son, Freddy. Her life is perfect. Or so she thinks. Annabelle is Max Maric’s lover. She’s a wealthy widow and is all set to marry him, just as soon as he’s divorced. Her life will then be perfect. Or so she thinks. One man, two women, but they can’t both have him. And he doesn’t get to choose – the schizophrenic decides, with a sophisticated plan to eradicate her nemesis in the most heinous of ways. The intended victim needs a friend. Fortunately, she has a new one she’s become close to. But nobody told her that false friends are worse than open enemies.

My Review: This book sucked me in immediately. Normally, I don’t read many murder books but this story was woven so tight, I had to finish it as soon as possible. Luxury, wealth, high street clothing, gorgeous women and men, add in some mental disorders and a couple shrinks, one bloody cocktail. Five stars! Oh, she might kill again. After all, she got away with her first murder. Conniving she is, indeed!

This entry was posted on September 20, 2021. 2 Comments

How To Sell Your Ebooks Directly And Earn More Income – by Derek Haines… — wordrefiner

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog: on Just Publishing Advice: When you sell your ebooks with KDP, Amazon takes at least 30% of your selling price. In some cases, it can take 65%. On top of that, you might even lose more due to downloading fees. If you sell your ebooks…

How To Sell Your Ebooks Directly And Earn More Income – by Derek Haines… — wordrefiner