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Thursday, August 05, 2021

Like a kid on Christmas Day - What a writer really gets up to on publication day


Thursday 5 August 2021 is publication day for my debut cosy crime novel, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's now available in ebook, hardback and audio, published by Headline, and in paperback in November 2021.

​What's it about? When a troupe of 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis) arrive for an Elvis convention in Scarborough, one of them is found dead and his blue suede shoes are stolen. B&B landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to uncover the killer.


So what exactly does a writer get up to on publication day? 

Well, here's how it played out for me...

Woke at 5am like a kid on Christmas morning. Social media was abuzz and I felt loved. Ate breakfast. Read amazing reviews and congratulatory emails. Showered with a smile. Went for early morning walk along the beach and filled a full bin-bag with plastic washed up on the strandline. Felt virtuous. Read an interview I did for Shots Blog. Felt professional. Treated myself to mid-morning snack of hot buttered crumpets, threw in smoked salmon, just because. Felt on top of the world. Cleaned the bathroom, well, it was Thursday and Thursday is bathroom cleaning day. Brought myself down to earth. Walked to the post office to send review copies and complimentary copies of the book to those who helped with research or are helping me with publicity. Yes, I have to do all of this myself. Reality checked myself. Returned home to find social media still abuzz. Ate lunch, nothing special, just a sandwich. Changed into decent clothes, put some make-up on, brushed my hair. For third time today, left the house. This time I joined readers of my books for a garden party - purely coincidental this was held on publication day. Felt a bit anxious as I don't know them and I'm not good in groups. Took three of my saga novels to give away in a raffle. Needn't have worried, everyone was lovely. Sat next to my cousin I haven't seen in 12 years. Talked a lot. Ate cake, drank tea, had a smashing time, signed raffle winners' books. Returned home to find a bouquet delivered from my publisher, Headline. Read a blog post I wrote for Bookish Jottings. Felt a bit bloody special. Worn out.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Shots Magazine: Writing about coal mining ... and crime


It's publication day for my fun, cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel. 

I'm interviewed on Shotsblog about why I've gone from writing about coal mining to writing about crime. But don't worry, saga fans, there'll be more sagas coming too!

Read it all here.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Publication day - Murder at the Seaview Hotel


I've gone all giddy kipper! 

Today, Thursday 5 August 2021 is publication day for my debut cosy crime novel, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

It's now available in ebook, hardback and audio, published by Headline, and in paperback in November 2021.

​What's it about?

When a troupe of 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis) arrive for an Elvis convention in Scarborough, one of them is found dead and his blue suede shoes are stolen. B&B landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to uncover the killer.


I've also curated playlists to listen to when you read the book.  Each chapter was inspired by one of Elvis Presley's songs. There are 45 Elvis songs on the playlist, to correspond to each chapter in the book.




Enter competition to win your name as a character in my next cosy crime. All proceeds go to charity Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability). Enter here.
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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Win your name in my cosy crime - with all proceeds going to Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability)


One lucky reader can win a competition to have their name included as a character in my second cosy crime book set in Scarborough!

With thanks to the Scarborough News for featuring the story, read it all here.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is visit the Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability) website and donate whatever you can afford. All entries will go into a hat and the winner will be chosen by one of my friend Lynn's assistance dogs. I grew up with Lynn and know how vital the assistance dogs are to her as she suffers from multiple disabilities. Not only does Lynn have two assistance dogs of her own but she also helps train other assistance dogs for disabled people.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Belle of the Back Streets - only 99p during August


Back to where it all started with my debut novel, Belle of the Back Streets.  

Set in the northeast coalmining village of Ryhope in 1919 it stars a young woman determined to do all she can to feed her family, even if it means taking on her dad's rag and bone round, in some of the roughest parts of town.

It's only 99p for the ebook during August.


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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, July 30, 2021

All shook up! Featured in the Crime Readers' Association newsletter


I'm all shook up about this! 

Featured in the Crime Readers' Association newsletter for August 2021. 

My debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

Cosy Crime Featuring 12 Elvis Impersonators Will Leave You All Shook Up!

Glenda Young

My debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, is released by Headline in August 2021 in ebook, hardback and audiobook, with the paperback in November. It’s set in Yorkshire, in the seaside town of Scarborough, and stars a troupe of twelve Elvis impersonators called Twelvis. They arrive at the Seaview Hotel for an Elvis fan convention but their story takes a dark turn when one of the Elvis impersonators is murdered and his blue suede shoes are stolen. Hotel landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are soon on the case to solve the murder. Murder at the Seaview Hotel is the first in a series of three cosy crimes starring Helen Dexter and Suki and set in the Seaview Hotel.
 
Cosy crimes are all about sleuthing, strong characters, mystery, suspects and a wealth of red herrings. And in Murder at the Seaview Hotel, it’s also about Elvis impersonators and their quivering top lips, white-suited shaking hips, diamant√©, collars and big-buckle belts.
 
So, why did I choose Elvis and why set it in Scarborough? Well, who doesn’t love Elvis or know at least one of his songs? And I chose Scarborough as the setting because I adore the seaside town; it’s my happy place and I was married there.     
 
Murder at the Seaview Hotel was a lot of fun to write and you can even sing along! While writing the book I listened to a different Elvis song each day to get me in the right mood for creating Twelvis. I’ve now curated a playlist to sing along as you read and you can download the playlist at Spotify http://bit.ly/MurderAtTheSeaviewHotelSpotify or YouTube http://bit.ly/MurderAtTheSeaviewHotelYouTube.
 
Ladies-and-gentlemen, thankyouverymuch. Glenda Young has now left this article.
 
Murder at the Seaview Hotel is out on 5 August. You can find out more about Glenda and her writing here.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Candy rock, podcasts and Elvis - my writing week


This week I finally sent off the completed manuscript to my   publisher, Headline, for the second in the series of my cosy crime novels. It's called Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel and is out in May 2022. There's still a long way to go before I can consider this novel finished, however. There's editing to be done once it returns from Headline, plus proof-reading and copy editing. But still, I breathed an enormous sigh of relief at having finished the manuscript at last. It's been a joy writing this book and I've loved bringing the characters from Murder at the Seaview Hotel back to life.


I'm absolutely over the moon to have been interviewed on the Visit Scarborough podcast about my cosy crime novel set in the seaside resort.  My book is the first of a series of three to be set in Scarborough and published by Headline. It's out in ebook, hardback and audiobook in August and in paperback in September. It's called Murder at the Seaview Hotel and you can hear me on the podcast on the Visit Scarborough website. I begin speaking at 9 mins and 50 seconds.


You can enter to win a lot of Scarborough goodies to help celebrate the release on August 5 of Murder at the Seaview HotelThe winner will receive a signed hardback book, a box of Scarborough fudge, a stick of Scarborough rock, postcards and bookmarks PLUS a solar-powered dancing Elvis!  Why Elvis? Because my book stars 12 Elvis impersonators called Twelvis. One is found dead with hisblue suede shoes missing and hotel landlady Helen Dexter is on the case to solve the crime. Five runners-up in the competition will each win a stick of Scarborough rock, postcards and bookmarks. Competition closes on Saturday 7 August at 12 noon. Enter at the pinned post here. Good luck!


Also this week I was very honoured to be included in the weekly newsletter from Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre - who are looking forward to the release of my cosy crime next week.


This week I was very happy to have not just one, but two, novels included in The Bookseller's Buyer's guide to Fiction (August 2021 to Jan 2022). The books featured were my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel which is out in ebook, hardback and audiobook in August 2021...


...and my saga The Miner's Lass which is out in paperback in October 2021.


Also in the special Northern weekly edition of The Bookseller, The Miner's Lass gets another mention too.


A missing dog and a disappearing husband – can Val solve these mysteries on her first day as a Private Detective? My short story about Val the village detective, called “On The Case” was published this week in The People's Friend Special No. 212. It's a lovely story.


I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Val the village detective is On the Case



A missing dog and a disappearing husband – can Val solve these mysteries on her first day as a Private Detective? My short story about Val the village detective, called “On The Case” is published today in The People's Friend Special No. 212.

It's a lovely little story.



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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Win Scarborough goodies to launch Murder at the Seaview Hotel on August 5



You can enter to win a lot of Scarborough goodies to help celebrate the release on August 5 of my cosy crime set there - Murder at the Seaview Hotel

The winner will receive a signed hardback book, a box of Scarborough fudge, a stick of Scarborough rock, postcards and bookmarks PLUS a solar-powered dancing Elvis!  

Why Elvis?

Because my book stars 12 Elvis impersonators called Twelvis. One is found dead with his blue suede shoes missing and hotel landlady Helen Dexter is on the case to solve the crime.

Five runners-up in the competition will each win a stick of Scarborough rock, postcards and bookmarks.

Competition closes on Saturday 7 August at 12 noon. Enter at the pinned post here. Good luck!

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Three mentions in this week's Bookseller magazine and Buyer's Guide


I'm really happy to have not just one, but two, novels included in The Bookseller's Buyer's guide to Fiction (August 2021 to Jan 2022).

The books featured are my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel which is out in ebook, hardback and audiobook in August 2021...


...and my saga The Miner's Lass which is out in paperback in October.


Also in the special Northern weekly edition of The Bookseller, The Miner's Lass gets another mention too.


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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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