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Friday, May 14, 2021

Friends of Fulwell distributing my novels to those at home


Friends of Fulwell is a local community organisation who do sterling work. 

This week they are delivering packs including signed copies of my novels, which I am overjoyed about. If you receive a book, I hope you really enjoy it.

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

My first Community Lecture for Sunderland University - all welcome


I'm delighted to be asked by Sunderland University to deliver one of their very popular Community Lectures this summer.  

My talk will be called Writing historical fiction set in Sunderland at the end of WW1. 

In the talk, I explain how the village of Ryhope inspires my bestselling novels and there are some fantastic old images to view.  

The talk will be screened online, on Wednesday 14 July at 2.30pm. 


I hope to see you then!

First bookshop and criminal tendencies - my writing week


The big news this week was the launch in ebook, hardback and audiobook of my 1919 saga The Miner's Lass.


Quite an exciting week as for the first time in months, I visited an actual bookshop. What a treat! It was Waterstones in Sunderland, where I'd gone in to sign copies of my new book out in hardback, The Miner's Lass.  

I also signed stock of my other books while I was there. I love, love, love the fact I have my own table in the shop where they'd even put a sign up calling me "Sunderland's best-selling local author".  They are wonderfully supportive and I can't thank them enough.



If you'd like to win a copy of The Miner's Lass along with a box of chocs and free bookmarks, I'm running a competition on my Facebook page right now. Enter here.


And as it was such a special week, another issue of my monthly newsletter went out to readers and fans. You can view it online here. 

And if you'd like to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter with competitions and all kinds of news about my books, you can sign up here.


The brilliant Trip Fiction website are offering a competition to win one of three copies of my novel The Paper Mill Girl Enter here.


This week I was given a wonderful mention in Northern Insight magazine about my novel The Paper Mill Girl  breaking into the top 50 national bestsellers list.


My debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, was given a preview in the Shots crime and thriller ezine blog. What a great surprise! 



Speaking of my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel I'm over the moon to see it previewed on publisher Headline's page of upcoming crime novels too! It's listed here under the "COMING SOON" tab.


And keeping on the crime theme, this week I joined a crime writing masterclass from author Jacob Ross. The session was organised by New Writing North, who do wonderful things, find out more at their website. 

It was only after I booked myself onto this session that I realised I've met Jacob Ross before. He presented me with my prize at a writing event in Nottingham a couple of years. It was organised by Writing East Midlands and I'd won second prize in their esteemed Aurora Writing Prize. You can read all about the event here

My winning story was a dark tale of murder. Perhaps I'd always had it in me to turn my hand to crime?  



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
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Competition Time - Enter to win my new book & chocs



Today's the publication day for my novel The Miner's Lass, in hardback, ebook and audiobook. The paperback is released in October.

You can enter to win a signed hardback copy of the book along with a box of Dairy Box chocolates and free bookmarks. 

Enter at the pinned post at my Facebook page here.

Good luck!

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Publication day for The Miner's Lass


Today's the day when my novel The Miner's Lass is published in ebook, audiobook and hardback.

It's a cracking story starring my most innocent heroine yet in Ruby Dinsdale. The theme of mental health weaves through the story and the threat of being sent to the Borough Lunatic Asylum hangs over the characters, one in particular, for whom I cried while I was writing the book. 

But it's not all doom and gloom, there are some wonderful comic moments, the strength of family bonds and friendship shine through and the women in this book - oh, the women - are fantastic. 


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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, May 07, 2021

Falmouth University, BBC Newcastle, 99p and Romance - my writing week


This week my publisher Headline are offering my saga novel (set in 1919 between the northeast and Scarborough in Yorkshire) The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon at a special 99p promo for the ebook.  It's a bargain! Download it here.


Would you like to join a very friendly, online book group who are reading my novels? Email: rokerlifeproject@gmail.com and all details are below (click on the picture to make it bigger and easier to read).


Here is another incredible design inspired by my novel The Paper Mill Girl. This design, still a work in progress, is being created by Allison Hicks who is a member of the United Together Book Club Sewing Group.   Deborah Doyle from the group was interviewed on BBC Newcastle this week about the sewing group.


I feel very honoured that the sewing group are not only reading my novels but are creating such wonderful designs too. It's extremely moving for me to see these designs coming to life.

Here's another design too which I posted last week.

I was profiled this week in an interview for Falmouth University's English & Creative Writing. 



I was very happy to be included in the list of new releases coming in May 2021 by the Romantic Novelists' Association. My northeast gritty saga The Miner's Lass comes out in hardback, ebook and audiobook on May 11th 2021. The full list is here and if you're looking for me, I'm right at the end as the list is ordered alphabetically and my surname begins with the letter Y. Ever since schooldays I've been on the end of A-Z lists!


And with the launch of my next saga The Miner's Lass just days away, I've been doing some promotion online. I wrote about my top 5 favourite locations in the book and you can read that here.

Plus I also created a very short video of me talking about the book, which you can watch below.



I donated a full set of my five novels in paperback to my local Whitburn Community Library.


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
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The Miner's Lass, a YouTube sensation (sort of)


Now I know what I'm doing (sort of) with YouTube, there's no stopping me now. 

I've made another short video to tell you all about my books, especially as my new book, The Miner's Lass is out in hardback, ebook and audiobook on May 13th. 

The paperback is out in October.

You can watch me making a total idiot of myself on YouTube right here. Well, not a total idiot, I hope. I'm enthusiastic and passionate about my books, that's for sure. And I love sharing details of them with fans. 


You can watch it all below.



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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

5 Locations in The Miner's Lass


Would you like to know more about the locations I use in my novels? I hope that if you would like to read my books, or if you've read them already, that these pictures might give some context and background and add depth to the locations I've written about.

The Miner's Lass is available from May 13 2021 in paperback, hardback, e-book and audiobook and you can buy it here.   
It is released in paperback on October 28, 2021.

Here we go with my top 5 favourite locations in The Miner's Lass.

The Queen's Head pub 


The Queen's Head pub in Ryhope is where the heroine of the book, miner's daughter Ruby works as a barmaid. The pub plays a pivotal role in the story and is the scene of many dramatic moments on which the story twists and turns.

The Toll Bar pub


Another pub which features strongly in the story is The Toll Bar pub which was on Ryhope Road between Ryhope and Grangetown. It no longer exists and in its place stands a block of flats. When the flats were being built, and excavations took place to dig for foundations, the remains of a bare-knuckle fighting pit was found. This was nicknamed 'the blood kit' and I've fictionalised this in the book as 'the blood pit' where a bare knuckle fight takes place. Here it is marked on an old ordnance survey map as 'old sand pit' and it's where such fights took place.



Sunderland Borough Lunatic Asylum


Sunderland borough lunatic asylum,  which became known as Cherry Knowle hospital, was based in Ryhope, on the outskirts of the village. It features in the book a lot, as the threat of being sent there and the realities of what this might mean, especially to women in 1919, hang darkly over the characters. The book tackles the theme of mental health and a black dog stalks the back lanes of the coalmining village, just as the 'black dog' of depression stalks the family of our heroine Ruby. But the book isn't all doom and gloom and there's some wonderful characters, especially the women, that I adored writing. There's also some wonderful comic moments too as Ruby makes her way from girl to woman, learning the lessons of life the hard way.

The Miner's Hall


The Miner's Hall in Ryhope features in this book a lot. It's where miners' union meetings are held, meetings that bring good news... and bad. It's where miners go to meet friends, to play cards and dominos, or seek advice from union officials. It's where the soup kitchen is set up during the miners' strike of 1921 when the community comes together to help one another and it's also where Ruby's dad goes in his darkest hour of need.

The miner's kitchen at home


The book centres on the value of home and the importance of the coal fire in everyone's lives. Coal is needed for warmth, for cooking, for heating water to give the miner his bath. And heroine Ruby in the book always seems to have the fire on heating water up for her dad or her brother or for someone else who comes into her life and changes it in all kinds of ways that she never expected. But I won't spoil the story for you, I hope you'll read it and enjoy it as I think Ruby is my most innocent heroine yet.

If you'd like to watch a very short video to promote The Miner's Lass, it's here.



Monday, May 03, 2021

My interview in FalWriting, English & Creative Writing at Falmouth University


I'm profiled this week in an interview for Falmouth University's English & Creative Writing. 

The interview was carried out by Sophie Williams, who is an MA student on the Professional Writing course at Falmouth. 



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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

The Paper Mill Girl inspires more sewing artists


Here is another incredible design inspired by my novel The Paper Mill Girl. 

This design, still a work in progress, is being created by Allison Hicks who is a member of the United Together Book Club Sewing Group. 

I feel very honoured that the sewing group are not only reading my novels but are creating such wonderful designs too. It's extremely moving for me to see these designs coming to life.

Here's another design too which I posted last week.

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, May 01, 2021

The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon - May ebook promo just 99p



My novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon, is now just 99p for ebook during May. 

It's set in 1919 in a northeast pit village and Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast.

What a bargain! Download it here > http://bit.ly/GirlWithTheScarletRibbon 
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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