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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Murder at the Seaview Hotel in Crime Writers' Association newsletter



Absolutely over the moon to have an article published in the June edition of the Crime Writers' Association newsletter, Red Herrings. It's all about my debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.  

If you're wondering why the article's headline says that the book will have your foot tapping and set your top lip all a-quiver, it's because the book stars a group of 12 Elvis impersonators, called Twelvis. One of them ends up dead with his blue suede shoes missing.


Here's a very short teaser video I've made to tempt you....

 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Head down, no distractions - my writing week


This has been an unusual week because I've been able to write without hardly any distractions. 

There was no publicity to do, no talks to give, no launches to attend, no book signings to handle, nothing, nada, zilch. 

What this means is that my head has been clear to write and I'm making wonderful progress writing the first draft of my second cosy crime novel set in Scarborough, it's called Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel.  The final cover will be revealed soon.

This one's about a group of actors who are staying at the Seaview Hotel to rehearse a play and the leading lady is killed off. But who killed her and why? B&B landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to solve the crime.


This week I'd like to say thank you to everyone for all the love and amazing 5-star reviews of THE MINER'S LASS out now in ebook,  hardback and audiobook. The paperback is out in October and you can pre-order now) at http://bit.ly/TheMinersLass 


I'm also looking for someone who knows how to use BookBub professionally and successfully. Is that you?  Any BookBub experts willing to work with me to promote my novels? Please get in touch via my website if you have a proven track record in using BookBub. Looking forward to hearing from you soon > contact me here.


And as for reading other people's books, rather than writing my own, this week I'm enjoying Scabby Queen by Kirstin Innes. You might be wondering when I get time to read as I'm writing a novel. I like to read at the end of the day, taking myself to bed early and reading for an hour or so. I love seeing how other writers put their story together, use dialogue and get the reader hooked. 


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

Friday, May 21, 2021

Community, Scarborough and putting Sunderland on the map - my writing week


This week I've been writing, a lot. I'm back in Scarborough... in my head for now, in reality late next month. I've just completed the first 40,000 words of my second cosy crime Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel. The first in the series is out in August in ebook & hardback. Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/MurderAtTheSeaviewHotel 


Speaking of my debut cosy crime, I was very happy to see MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL included in Headline's Publishing Highlights catalogue for July-December 2021. 


Elsewhere this week my writing week features involvement with my local community, which I couldn't be happier about. My books are all about mutually supportive women and as in books, so it is in life.

First off though, May is Local History Month and you can view my online talk about Writing Fiction in Old Ryhope via the wonders of YouTube, below.



Friends of Fulwell is a local community organisation who do sterling work.  This week they delivered packs to residents including signed copies of my novels including The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon, which I am overjoyed about. If you receive a book, I hope you really enjoy it.



I was 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.  The recorded talk will be shown online, on Wednesday 14 July at 2.30pm.  It's free and you can sign up here. 

A local book group was set up during lockdown and they meet online by Zoom. It's free and open to all. The book group is reading my novels, which I'm honoured about. They're now seeking new members where they're creating sewing designs based on my novels. You don't need any sewing experience to join in. They've already worked on my book The Paper Mill Girl and next up will be Pearl of Pit Lane. This is FREE and all books and sewing kits are provided. Email rokerlifeproject@gmail.com to join.


I was proud to put my home city of Sunderland on the map this week when the new release of The Miner's Lass shot up the Amazon charts for new saga releases.  Thank you to everyone who's bought the book and those who've left reviews too. It means the world to me.



My novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon is still only 99p for the ebook until the end of May. Don't miss out! Download it here.  


There's still time to enter to win a signed hardback copy of the new book The Miner's Lass, a box of chocs and free bookmarks. Enter at the pinned post on my Facebook page. Competition closes Sat 22 May 2021 


And there's still time to enter to win 1 of 3 copies of The Paper Mill Girl with Trip Fiction here. Competition closes Sat 22 May 2021 


And finally, when I get a moment to read, I've been losing myself in Donal Ryan's books. He's an Irish author, new to me, one I discovered by reading the Bookseller magazine after being unable to browse bookshops over the last few months. 


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 20, 2021

Murder at the Seaview Hotel in Headline's Publishing Highlights 2021


Very happy to see my debut cosy crime MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL has been included in Headline's Publishing Highlights Catalogue for July-December 2021. 

Pre-order the book now at http://bit.ly/MurderAtTheSeaviewHotel 

Here's a tiny teaser for you ... 




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



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

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
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