Discover my Cosy Crimes & Historical Sagas

Discover my Cosy Crimes & Historical Sagas

Friday, May 24, 2024

Book launch, Bouquets and Brownies - my writing week


This week my novel The Toffee Factory Girls was published in paperback and it's been a flurry of activity and excitement.   

I did a book signing at Featherbed Books in Houghton-le-Spring on release day.

There's a great article and a competition to win signed copies in The Sunderland Echo.Read all about it here.
I spoke to Ryhope Brownies about local history, as the Brownies are studying for their history badge.  This was a great event, especially as I used to be a Ryhope Brownie myself when I was a little girl. The Brownies meet in Ryhope Community Centre, the same building where Ryhope Heritage group meets, in the same room. A lovely reminder that life goes on, history and the future meet.  I was presented with this gorgeous bouquet, from a Brownie who was my great-niece. Think I've got something in my eye, now.


I gave a very well attended library talk at Pelton Library all about The Toffee Factory Girls.


I was invited to give the opening, welcome speech at Sunderland History Fair with the Mayor of Sunderland.





And I'm involved in the Sunderland Heritage fortnight with events too!


I had a short story published in My Weekly magazine. It's called The Toffee Factory and is PREQUEL to my novel The Toffee Factory Girls, bonus content that's not available in the book. 


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. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Toffee Factory Girls - out today in paperback




I'm overjoyed to announce that my new novel The Toffee Factory Girls is out in paperback today, Thursday 23 May.  

It's published by Headline and is set at the outbreak of WW1 in a northern town where women start work at the toffee factory after the men are sent to war.  It's a story of love, friendship, war... and toffee. 

The book will be available in Tesco, Morrisons and Asda plus Waterstones, WHSmith and all good independent bookshops.  It's also available online at all your favourite book websites and of course Amazon at bit.ly/ToffeeFactoryGirls

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, May 17, 2024

Blackpool, Dainty Dinah, Waterstones and Cakes - my writing week


This week I have been to Blackpool but not for a holiday, it was for research for one of my novels - ah, but I'm not telling you which one!  I visited a library, art gallery and museum and spent two wonderful afternoons and evenings in the Tower Ballroom watching ballroom and Latin American dancing.


While in Blackpool I called into Waterstones and signed copies of Foul Play at the Seaview Hotel, my Scarborough cosy crime. The booksellers in the shop were really friendly too.


Also this week I was sent these wonderful Dainty Dinah cake toppers from Lucky Button Cakes of Houghton-le-Spring. The first 50 copies The Toffee Factory Girls sold by Featherbed Books at the book launch of The Toffee Factory Girls on Sat 25 May receive a free Dainty Dinah cup cake.All welcome! The Lambton Arms, Chester le Street, 10-4. Includes toffee heritage exhibition by Chester-le-Street heritage group. All details at https://facebook.com/events/s/book-launch-the-toffee-factory/770981041632115


Elsewhere this week, advance copies of The Toffee Factory Girls have gone on sale in the Crafty Gift Shop inside Saint Cuthbert's Shopping Centre in Chester-le-Street - the site of the toffee factory in the book!




And here I am with Dainty Dinah herself, on a mural in Chester-le-Street where I visited for a day this week.


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. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, May 10, 2024

Editing work, opening boxes, eating toffee - my writing week


This week I've been busy editing the first draft of my Scarborough cosy crime Deadly Dancing at the Seaview Hotel. Editing is a slow, careful process but one that I'm enjoying a lot.

Meanwhile, publicity has started for the launch of The Toffee Factory Girls which comes out in paperback on May 23.  I was featured on the cover and inside of In & Around Durham magazine.



You can see a short video of my opening a box of my books, it's all here!


Living North have a competition to win 1 of 3 copies of The Toffee Factory Girls, enter here and good luck!


Trip Fiction also have a competition to win 1 of 3 copies of The Toffee Factory Girls, enter here and good luck!

It's all getting very exciting! Pre-order your copy now at bit.ly/ToffeeFactoryGirls



I wrapped up 8 of my Ryhope novels in a hamper with a box of chocs as a raffle prize for Sunderland history fair, where I'm giving the opening speech on Saturday May 18. All welcome. It's a great day.


And I attended a community and heritage fair at Sunderland AFC's Beacon of Light on the last home game of the season. Had some wonderful conversations about old Ryhope with people who enjoyed my books, it was a lovely day.



And yet more Toffee Factory Girls books are out in the wild and readers are sending in pictures, which are always wonderful to see. Pre-order your copy now at bit.ly/ToffeeFactoryGirls


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. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, May 03, 2024

Writing The End, #LoveSunderlandHeritage, History, Newsletter and more - my writing week


This week I wrote the two sweetest words an author can write - The End. Finished the first draft of my 4th Scarborough cosy crime. And breathe, two, three, four... hard work comes now in the editing process.


Also this week I gave a talk to Sunderland writing group Holmeside Writers, of which I used to be a part.

I sent out my author newsletter for May. Read it all here. It contains 2 competition, a 99p offer plus news about the launch of my new novel this month.


My novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon is just 99p this month at bit.ly/GirlWithTheScarletRibbon


Ole! From Scarborough to Spain. My cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel is now available in Spanish with publisher Newton Compton. Order it here.



Author Paul Magrs writes northeast sagas as Elsie Mason (a wonderful name!). In this week's YouTube he talks about two of my novels - Belle of the Back Streets and Murder at the Seaview Hotel, along with other books too. Give him a watch here.


While on a day trip to Ulverston in the Lake District, I popped into the local Oxfam shop where they had a copy of my novel The Miner's Lass, which is now signed!

I'm really happy to be taking part in the Love Sunderland Heritage fortnight with not one, but two events, which are highlighted in the brochure which is available to pick up from libraries and centres in Sunderland




I'm also opening the Sunderland History Fair with the Mayor of Sunderland.



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. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, April 26, 2024

Winner announced in my latest signed book competition




Congratulations go to Jane Allison who has been drawn at random to win a signed copy of her choice, in my latest competition. Jane has chosen a copy of The Sixpenny Orphan, which will be on its way to her soon.

Thank you to everyone for entering.  I've still got a competition you can enter here to win 1 of 3 signed copies of The Toffee Factory Girls. Good luck!
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Judging, short story, community library & competition - my writing week


This week I went to Darlington Library to announce the winners of a short story competition where I'd been one of three judges. It was part of the Crossing the Tees book festival and an honour to be involved.



I had a short story published in P.S. Magazine inside The Sunday Post newspaper. It was a heart warming, fun story called Stick to the Plan.




Also this week I donated large print paperback copies of The Toffee Factory Girls to three community libraries in #Sunderland 1. Fulwell Community Library 2. 3.


I was given another lovely mention in The Scarborough News about my talk at this year's Books by the Beach festival in the town. If you'd like a ticket, I'm sold out - but there is a waiting list.



There's a competition to win a free copy of my new novel The Toffee Factory Girls, in Living North magazine. Enter here!


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. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com
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