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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pink slices, football and books


Absolutely over the moon to be included in a list curated by journalist Katy Wheeler for The Sunderland Echo.

Katy's put a list together of 12 of the most Mackem things to do while you're in self-isolation. And my Ryhope-set novels are included!

You can read the full list here.

Bloomin' brilliant!
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 6 - Chells and Books


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).

Day 6 is the final day of the tour takes Pearl to Chells and Books blog where there's a lovely review of  Pearl of Pit Lane which includes these glowing words:


I have read books by Glenda before and always find them heart warming despite the times and struggles her characters face, they are also well researched leading to some brilliant scenes. A brilliant read that kept me up late into the night.

You can read the full review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.


See also:  

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 2 - Ginger Book Geek

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 3 - The Book Magnet

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 4 - An Interview with Bookish Jottings

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 5 - Tracey's Year in Books

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, March 27, 2020

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 5 - Tracey's Year in Books


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).

Day 5 of the tour takes Pearl to Instagram where Tracey's Year in Books runs a very successful account.  


There's a lovely review of  Pearl of Pit Lane which includes these glowing words:


This is another brilliantly written book by Glenda. Glenda’s writing takes you inside the pages so that you feel like you are part of the story. This book will take you on a rollercoaster of a ride and it is filled with many emotions. This book will make you laugh, cry and smile in equal measures. It is a complete page turner and I couldn’t put it down

You can read the full review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.




See also:  

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 2 - Ginger Book Geek

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 3 - The Book Magnet

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 4 - An Interview with Bookish Jottings

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 4 - An Interview with Bookish Jottings


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).


Day 4 of the tour takes Pearl to Bookish Jottings where there's a long interview with me all about my writing, my love of soaps and writing historical novels. 


There's also a smashing review of  Pearl of Pit Lane which includes these glowing words:

Glenda Young is a master storyteller and Pearl of Pit Lane is a gritty, gutsy and gripping saga which has at its heart a determined, resilient and resourceful heroine readers cannot help but admire. Pearl is a wonderful character it is impossible not to care for. She is intelligent, courageous and never loses hope even when everything seems to be against her. A bold, brave and brilliant heroine readers will root for, Pearl is a character that is sure to linger in the heart and mind long after the last page is turned.

An exquisitely written saga from a writer with a very bright future ahead of her, Glenda Young’s Pearl of Pit Lane is storytelling at its finest.

You can read the full interview and the review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.



See also:  

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 2 - Ginger Book Geek

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 3 - The Book Magnet

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Corrie weekly update – March 26 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 3 - The Book Magnet


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).


Day 3 of the tour takes Pearl to The Book Magnet blog where Michelle Ryles has this to say about Pearl of Pit Lane  - which just goes to show that if you think you don't like sagas, think again. Mine are different, strong and powerful.

I have to be honest and say that I was a bit nervous about reading Pearl of Pit Lane as I don't usually read sagas but I am so glad that I made an exception for Glenda Young.  I clapped my hands with glee when I opened the book and found a map of Ryhope in 1919 (the setting of the book); I do love maps in a book as they really help to bring the story to life.  I enjoyed Pearl of Pit Lane so much more than I expected and Pearl's story is so compelling that I found myself reading just one more chapter until I'd devoured every single page.


I'm from the North East so I was brought up reading Catherine Cookson books and it's inevitable that any sagas based in the North East will be compared to Dame Catherine's famous novels.  So it is praise indeed to say that Pearl of Pit Lane would definitely come top of my Catherine Cookson chart any day.  Through her vivacious and descriptive writing, Glenda Young has an amazing ability to bring her characters and scenery to life and breathes new life into the tired and dusty saga genre.

You can read the full review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.


See also:  

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 2 - Ginger Book Geek

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 2 - Ginger Book Geek


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).


Day 2 of the tour takes Pearl to Amanda Oughton's Ginger Book Geek blog where she says these wonderful words about Pearl of Pit Lane:

It took me no time at all to become addicted to this fabulous book.  As soon as I started reading that was it, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put the book down.  The book wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  ‘Pearl Of Pit Lane’ is the true definition of an unputdownable pageturner.  I couldn’t get enough of the story and I had to keep reading to find out what fate had in store for Pearl.  The pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened grew and grew. 


You can read the full review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.


See also:  

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Monday, March 23, 2020

Pearl of the Blog Tour - Day 1 - Clyde's Corner


My new gritty saga set in 1919, Pearl of Pit Lane, is on a blog tour this week.

What's a blog tour?

Well, it's a chance for book bloggers to receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher and review it with full backing from the author (me) and the publisher (Headline).

Day 1 of the tour takes Pearl to Clyde's Corner book blog where she is given such a glowing review that it's really cheered me up. No mean feat with everything that's going on in the world today.

I love Esther's review on Clyde's Corner especially when she says this:

"The only thing I feel Glenda has left her readers without is a spin-off novel in which all of her formidable female leads join together to overcome some huge adversity, because that would be absolutely epic; like ‘The Avengers’, only actually enjoyable and inspiring"

You can read the full review here.

Pearl of Pit Lane's full blog tour this week will be as follows. And she's only 99p for ebook at Amazon until the end of this month. Buy it here.


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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Writing about old Ryhope - and light at the end of the tunnel

The old pathway to Ryhope beach
It's a strange and worrying time. I'm veering between a state of panic and tears to being very calm and resigned. My heart flutters with worry and my eyes fill with tears when I watch the news. I'm lucky, I know that - so far. I work from home as a writer and I have a glorious, wide open beach on my doorstep for walking, a coastline for cycling, a garden for pottering. I miss my family, though. We've decided to stay apart, keep in touch online. My mam who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, lives in a carehome and visitors are banned. I don't know when, or if, I'll see her again.

My writing life is at a good point, and for that I am grateful. I'd always planned to start researching my next novel the week beginning March 23rd. I was going to allow four weeks of research with visits to libraries, museums, archives, records office, antiquarian societies, local studies  and chats with historians over long lunches where I ply them with chips in exchange for information. None of that will happen now. Which is something of a blow when I'm researching life in 1919.

But fear not. Thanks to some wonderful books I've already read, I've been able to seek out more of the same, real-life accounts of life in 1919, especially of women's lives, which I write so well about. I've ordered dusty old books from ebay and can't wait to get stuck into them. I have research notes from my previous five novels that I'l re-read and take heart from. A friend has given me access to the British Newspaper Archive online. I have DVDs of old pictures from Ryhope Heritage Society, enough to keep me going for now. But the Ryhope pub I was hoping to visit and tour before writing about it in my book has now closed. I'll have to use my imagination ... and let it fly instead.  I'll walk around Ryhope one day with my writing head on, peering over fences, trailing my hand along ancient stone walls, putting myself into the mind of my characters as much as I can.

So it's not all bad news.

My research that I'd planned to do over four weeks will now be over in one, possible two. I'll start planning the novel and writing the week after. My manuscript is due into the publisher by the end of October this year. With nowhere to go and nothing else to do but write, I'll have it finished much sooner, with the luxury of empty time and space to do nothing more than create. And what a joy that will be.

I'm looking on the bright side to stop the tears, shakes, heart palpitations and worry. I have a plan and things will be fine. Some days I will write, some days I will cycle, other days I will walk on the beach. And I will breathe in the sea air, turn my face to the sun and be grateful that my family, so far, are all well.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Corrie weekly update - March 21 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here__

Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A spring and summer of cancelled author events


These are sad and challenging times.

If you were planning on coming along to one or more of  my author talks this spring or early summer, I'm afraid they're being cancelled one by one by the organisers.

This isn't just a lost opportunity for me to chat passionately, if (still!) rather nervously, about my books, but I'm losing an important source of income through sales of books and speaking fees too. My spare room is piled high with boxes of books I've bought specially for the talks and now I've got nowhere to sell them. I'll today speak to the publisher to see if I can return some of the boxes that I haven't yet opened.

Plus, for many older people in the community groups where I'm invited to speak, it's their only interaction with others during the week. Fortunately, these community groups look out for and after each other.

Stay safe, stay well and if you're staying indoors, I can recommend some lovely books to read.

I'm updating the events page on my website as events are cancelled.

And if you'd like to order signed, dedicated books direct from me, all details are here:




Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

5 copies of Pearl of Pit Lane to be won in The Sunderland Echo


The Sunderland Echo, my local paper, has five - yes five! - copies of my latest gritty saga set in 1919 Pearl of Pit Lane to be won in a competition.

All details here.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Monday, March 16, 2020

Book and bouquet for Mother's Day from Ryhope Florists


All of my books are set in the northeast coalmining village of Ryhope in 1919. Ryhope is the village where I was born and bred.

And Ryhope Florists are now offering my books for sale, so call in at any time to pick up a signed book from Sheila.

For Mother's Day, Ryhope Florists are offering books and bouquets. If you'd like to order, all details are here.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Corrie weekly update - March 14 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline 
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Belles of the Back Streets - writing historical fiction set in old Ryhope


Sunderland Antiquarian Society is a lot more fun than it sounds.

The first time I ever ventured inside the society's offices on Douro Terrace in Sunderland, I was terrified. These people were, after all, the keepers of the city's history. I was expecting lots of dusty old papers and dusty old men. Fortunately, there are both - and there's a whole lot more.

They're friendly, approachable and only too happy to help with research into any aspects of Sunderland history. They're open twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday mornings and a willing band of volunteers always have the kettle on, the biscuits ready and ready to help with advice.

I've used the Sunderland Antiquarian Society extensively for researching my books and I'm a fully paid up member now too. They've even been so kind as to include flyers for my books in the mail-outs with their quarterly newsletters (as long as I go in and help stuff thousands of envelopes, which I'm more than happy to do!).

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What does a writer do when a writer isn't writing?


I'm in a bit of a limbo - in the best possible way.

Last week I completed writing my novel The Paper Mill Girl. I've pressed the 'send' button and it's on its way to the publisher. It's a book I've loved writing and includes much of the research into paper making methods of 100 years ago I researched at Frogmore Mill in Apsley. I blogged about my visit to Fantastic Frogmore here.

Later this month, I'll start researching and writing my next novel - but I'm allowing myself a couple of weeks off before I start planning that.

And in those two weeks, you might wonder what a writer does when a writer isn't writing. Not too surprisingly, while my fingers are taking a break from bashing the keyboard, my brain is whirring still.

So I've been...

Thinking about what I've done so far with my writing life and what I might do in the future.

Tinkering with a monologue I wrote some years ago to turn it into a play.

Submitting dark and quirky short stories I wrote months ago but haven't had the time to think about or tinker with until now. They're now on their way to short story competitions.

Planning out my spring into summer and beyond for this year. I've a gritty saga novel set in 1919 to write and that takes planning and scheduling.

Travelling across town by bus delivering my Ryhope-set novels to Ryhope Florists where they're offering bouquets and books for Mother's Day. I delivered a large box of novels yesterday which immediately sold out and I've been on the bus again to Ryhope with another box.

Updating my website with press, publicity and news items relating to the latest release of my third novel Pearl of Pit Lane. You can see all of my news items here.

Practising for my talk at Sunderland Antiquarian Society next week. You can see a list of all of my upcoming talks and events here.

And if I'm lucky (whisper it, please)... if I'm lucky I might get to do something I love and I miss. Reading.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pearl of Pit Lane in Inside Soap magazine


My huge thanks go to Inside Soap magazine for featuring Pearl of Pit Lane this week. They've also got a competition to win copies of the book.

Inside Soap magazine is out in the shops now - and for a soap fan like me, it's essential reading!
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Pearl of Pit Lane - my interview on Sun FM 103.4 #WorldBookDay


What a day it's been! It's World Book Day 2020 and it's also publication day for my third gritty saga novel Pearl of Pit Lane. The book is set in Ryhope, Sunderland in 1919 and is about a girl who tries to escape a life of prostitution.

I've been into my local radio station Sun FM 103.4 where I spoke to the very supportive Simon & Lauren on their breakfast show.

You can listen to my interview here.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Corrie weekly update - March 7 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, March 05, 2020

SeeitDoit: Pearl of Pit Lane book signing


Lovely surprise to be included in SeeitDoit, the Sunderland City Council newsletter this week! 

Come along to my book signing on Saturday from 11-1 at Waterstones Sunderland and 2-3 at National Glass Centre and read all about it here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Pearl of Pit Lane out in paperback today #WorldBookDay


Today's the day! 

My third gritty, family saga novel - Pearl of Pit Lane - published by Headline is now available in paperback, as well as hardback, audiobook and ebook.

Soaps queen Sharon Marshall from ITV's This Morning said my books were Amazing Novels - and that's a compliment I'll dine out on for years.

So, what's Pearl of Pit Lane about? 

When her mother dies in childbirth, Pearl Edwards is left in the care of her aunt, Annie Grafton. Annie loves Pearl like her own daughter but it isn't easy to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Annie knows the best way to supplement their meagre income is to walk the pit lane at night, looking for men willing to pay for her company.

As Pearl grows older she is unable to remain ignorant of Annie's profession, despite her aunt's attempts to shield her. But when Pearl finds herself unexpectedly without work and their landlord raises the rent, it becomes clear they have few choices left and Annie is forced to ask Pearl the unthinkable.

Rather than submit to life on the pit lane, Pearl runs away. She has nothing and nowhere to go, but Pearl is determined to survive on her own terms. However, it doesn't go as smoothly as Pearl hopes. Meanwhile, a sinister figure stalks the back lanes. 

As in my debut novel BELLE OF THE BACK STREETS and my second novel THE TUPPENNY CHILD there's another feisty heroine at the core of my new book and it's available here.

I'm having a book launch on Saturday 7 March as follows:

Sunderland Waterstones from 11-1
National Glass Centre, Sunderland from 2-3

Please come and say hello!

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