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Saturday, October 30, 2021

The Miner's Lass teams up with Bryn's gin - and you can win both with The Sunderland Echo


I've teamed up with House of Ruhr gin in a special competition today in my local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo.

You can win my new gritty saga set in the northeast pit village of Ryhope in 1919, The Miner's Lass along with a bottle of House of Ruhr gin. 

Why the connection between the book and the gin?  Because Bryn from House of Ruhr is, like me, Ryhope born and bred. 

To enter the competition, you need to buy today's copy of The Sunderland Echo. All details are online here.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

October newsletter - competitions, promotions and more!

October's newsletter has just been posted. Includes two competitions, a special promotion and a chance to learn Italian! 

Read it all here.
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, October 29, 2021

Book launch, Apple audio, Peasholm Park and Waterstones - my writing week



This week was a BIG week with the paperback launch of my gritty saga set in 1919, The Miner's Lass.  It's on sale now in Waterstones, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons. Plus, it's available online at all the usual places including Amazon at bit.ly/TheMinersLass.


And you can enter to win a signed copy of the new book with chocolate and free bookmarks thrown in too! Enter here.


I visited Scarborough Waterstones where I signed copies of my sagas Pearl of Pit Lane  and The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon. 


...and I also signed copies of my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel. Get me, right next to Richard Osman too!


The audiobook of my cosy crime set in Scarborough MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL was selected for Apple US’s Mystery & Thrillers flash sale which runs until 3rd November. The audiobook price has dropped exclusively on the Apple US store for the promotional period to $4.99.  Buy it here.


Whilst in Scarborough this week I had coffee with Gemma Alexander of Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens. We met to discuss the online book launch for Murder at the Seaview Hotel which is set in Scarborough and is a fun, cosy crime.  It was lovely to finally meet Gemma and I went a bit giddy kipper.

I visited "dad's bench" in Peasholm Park in Scarborough and left an invitation to the book launch there. I wasn't littering, honest, and I hope whoever finds the invitation will join us on November 11th at 2pm. 


The book  launch is being held online by Zoom with some great prizes to be won and everyone is invited. All details here.


The book was given a fantastic, five star sterling review from the prestigious Crime Fiction Lover website, read it here.
I wrote and sent out my author newsletter for October 2021. If you'd like to sign up to receive these monthly newsletters or you've missed any of the previous ones and would like to receive them, all details are here.


Both my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel and my new saga The Miner's Lass were featured in a local magazine which is sent free to all homes in my postcode area.


My cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel was also featured in the latest New Writing North newsletter for October 2021.

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

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Thursday, October 28, 2021

TODAY! The Miner's Lass out in paperback


My new novel is out in paperback today.

It's called The Miner's Lass and is a gritty, dramatic saga set at the end of the first world war in a northeast coalmining village.  

The book is available from all good bookstores. In the UK it's also available from Tesco, Asda and Morrisons supermarkets and online everywhere from Amazon, etc.  Buy it here.


You can also enter a competition to win a signed copy right here.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

The verdict is in! What did Crime Fiction Lover make of my cosy crime?


When a prestigious crime fiction website offers to review your novel, it's a nail-biting experience waiting for their verdict on your precious work.

I must admit I was nervous. Would Murder at the Seaview Hotel be too cosy for their liking, too twee? Too funny? Not enough blood, guts and gore?

Well, I needn't have worried. 

The book was not only well received by the site, but given a sterling 5 star review and they even said this about it too:

Author Glenda Young has a lightness of touch worthy of a master baker award as she melds together a tale that is both laugh-out-loud funny and lump-in-the throat sad. Her depiction of a woman deep in grief could be cloying, but instead it is poignant and rings true. The downbeat moments are tempered by the fun of the Elvises – including Helen, acting as a last-minute stand-in called Helvis and providing one of the highlights in a book that is a pleasure to read.


Thank you, Crime Fiction Lover!

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Sagas and Scarborough in SR6 magazine

Very pleased to say that my new gritty saga The Miner's Lass and my new cosy crime set in Scarborough Murder at the Seaview Hotel, are both featured in a local magazine. 

This goes to all homes in my postcode area and the chap who runs the magazine has kindly placed this full page feature for me.  Wonderful stuff!
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Murder at the Seaview Hotel audio book - selected by Apple US for special promotion until Nov 3



The audiobook of MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL has been selected for Apple US’s upcoming Mystery & Thrillers flash sale which will run from 26th October – 3rd November. 

The audiobook price will drop exclusively on the Apple US store for the promotional period to $4.99.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Murder at the Seaview Hotel in New Writing North's October newsletter


Very proud to say that my new cosy crime set in Scarborough Murder at the Seaview Hotel is featured in New Writing North's October newsletter.  

Thank you!

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Monday, October 25, 2021

WIN signed copy of The Miner's Lass - with chocolate and bookmarks too


COMPETITION TIME! 

Win a signed copy of my new book The Miner's Lass, a bar of Green & Black's salted caramel chocolate and free bookmarks. 

Watch: An Audience with Glenda Young, launch of new book The Miner's Lass


You can now watch my online book launch for The Miner's Lass in An Audience with Author Glenda Young as I chat to Pauline from The Word in South Shields here 

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, October 22, 2021

Scarborough, sagas, beach and books - my writing week


This week I'm continuing research for my next historical saga set in 1919. It's a part of the process that I love as it means I'm constantly learning, and I'm burying myself in old books from the past. 


As you read this, I'm not here. I'm taking a well-deserved break to the seaside town of Scarborough where my cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel is set. I'll walk on the beach, take in the sea air, try to decompress after a very busy year of writing books, stories and sagas. Speaking of sagas...

Really chuffed to have my new saga, The Miner's Lass in the spotlight on this month's newsletter from publisher Headline.  My book's been chosen as one of the top fiction releases for October. You can read the whole newsletter here.


This week I received my author copies of my new book The Miner's Lass. It's always a joy to receive the book, to feel it in my hand at last and to read it again. And yes, I do read it again as by the time it's published, it's so long since I wrote it, that I've often forgotten what the story is about!

I've donated books to Fulwell Community Library and Back on the Map library at Hendon.  They go on sale on Thursday October 28th in Waterstones, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco as well as online at Amazon, etc.


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

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Miner's Lass - Headline's top fiction releases for October 2021


Really chuffed to have my new saga, The Miner's Lass in the spotlight on this month's newsletter from publisher Headline. 

My book's been chosen as one of the top fiction releases for October.


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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Front page news bringing history and heritage to life - my writing week


This week I've made a tentative start on researching my next saga set in the northeast coalmining village of Ryhope in 1919.  

I've drawn up a plan of research and will dedicate myself properly to it over the next few weeks before I write up the research, make chapter plans and then (gulp!) begin to write. It's a nerve-wracking time, but exciting too. I love researching my sagas, it's my most favourite part of the whole process. And because I enjoy it so much, I have to be careful not to lose myself in the research and spend too much time researching when I really should be writing.

Today, I bought a silver sixpence from 1919 while researching. It's not every day I buy a silver sixpence from the era to help with research. I could have looked at pictures to help, but needed to feel this particular coin in my hand. Someone's life depends on it. 
It's less than two weeks before the paperback release of my saga The Miner's Lass. I've stared a daily countdown to the event on October 28th, releasing pictures from my research to my social media on Facebook and Twitter each day. Come and join me if you like historical images that show the inspiration for author's works. Here's a picture of Ryhope co-operative store, which features heavily in the book.

Now then, my dad used to read the Sunderland Echo from cover to cover. It took him a couple of hours then he'd throw it on the floor and moan "There's nowt in it!" and we'd laugh at him... every single day. Well dad, this week there was front page news that you would have loved to read.  You can read the full article here.



And this is rather exciting. I can reveal that I've been writing a Christmas saga set in the 1920s in the northeast pit village of Ryhope where all my sagas are set. The book will be released in ebook and hardback in August next year, 2022.  The paperback will be out in time for Christmas 2022.  The book is called A Mother's Christmas Wish and you can pre-order it now!  It's here.


I was interviewed today on BBC Radio Tees about this upcoming Coronation Street storyline.  And I managed to get in a lovely little mention (thank you Radio Tees!) of my debut cosy crime set in Scarborough, starring 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis!) Murder at the Seaview Hotel. You can listen to me here at 3 hours and 39 minutes.
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I was interviewed by author Theresa Van Meter for her blog and you can read it here.


Received a wonderful surprise when I found out I was nominated in the VCAS 20/20 Open Arms Awards for 2021.  I'm in the category of Community Culture and Arts, which is wonderful.  However, I have no idea who nominated me for this award. Was it you, reading this? If so, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can only imagine I've been nominated for this award because of the many donations of my books I've made during lockdown 2020 up to the present day.  The books have been donated in large numbers, to Ryhope Community Centre for distribution around the village with afternoon teas to those self-isolating.  I also regularly donate books to two local community libraries. During lockdown 2020 I also donated books to the local NHS and donated profits from sales of my books to national NHS. I also donate books to Saint Paul's church in Ryhope for their summer and Christmas Fayres and to their parish shop.  This nomination is a wonderful recognition of all of my time, effort and book donations, thank you so much.


And the draw to find the winner who will have a character named after them in my second cosy crime set in Scarborough, Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel has been revealed. Here's the video where assistance dog Bella chose the winner.


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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Murder at the Seaview Hotel on BBC Radio Tees


I was interviewed today on BBC Radio Tees about this upcoming Coronation Street storyline.  And I managed to get in a lovely little mention (thank you Radio Tees!) of my debut cosy crime set in Scarborough, starring 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis!) Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nominated in the VCAS Open Arms Award 2021


Received a wonderful surprise yesterday to find out I was nominated in the VCAS 20/20 Open Arms Awards for 2021.  

I'm in the category of Community Culture and Arts, which is wonderful.  However, I have no idea who nominated me for this award. Was it you, reading this? If so, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I can only imagine I've been nominated for this award because of the many donations of my books I've made during lockdown 2020 up to the present day. 

The books have been donated in large numbers, to Ryhope Community Centre for distribution around the village with afternoon teas to those self-isolating.  I also regularly donate books to two local community libraries, to Saint Paul's church for their Christmas fayre and to their parish shop too. During lockdown of 2020 I also donated books to my local NHS.

This nomination is a wonderful recognition of my donations, thank you so much.

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Mother's Christmas Wish... the new saga coming in 2022


Well, this is rather exciting.

I can now reveal that I've been writing a Christmas saga set in the 1920s in the northeast pit village of Ryhope where all my sagas are set.

The book will be released in ebook and hardback in August next year, 2022. 

The paperback will be out in time for Christmas 2022. 

The book is called A Mother's Christmas Wish and you can pre-order it now!  It's here.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

The Miner's Lass - front page of The Sunderland Echo


Front cover of the local paper today, I couldn't be more proud and burst into tears buying it in Morrisons. 


Forget the BBC Radio 4 interview that I had to fight tooth and nail to get my working class voice heard on. This... this is what matters. 

My dad used to read the Sunderland Echo from cover to cover. It took him a couple of hours then he'd throw it on the floor and moan "There's nowt in it!" as we laughed at him. Well dad, today there's summat in it you would have loved to read.



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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, October 08, 2021

Libraries Week, Book Launch, Short Stories & Research - my writing week


This week is National Libraries Week and I've been concentrating on preparing and giving two online talks. Meanwhile at the back of my mind are all kinds of ideas and stories as I begin research for my eighth saga set in the northeast in 1919.  I know the story and what will happen, and I now need to begin research in earnest which will keep me busy for the next 4 to 6 weeks.


I'm delighted with this!  My debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, is featured in this week's Bookseller magazine on my agent's hot list of books set to light up this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.


Murder at the Seaview Hotel was also included in New Writing North's Bookshelf for Autumn 2021. 


As part of National Libraries Week I gave two online talks by Zoom. The first was for Northumberland Libraries and the second was for The Word (National Centre for the Written Word) at South Shields.


I had a short story published in Best magazine


Meanwhile, the most amazing reviews continue to roll in for my debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's reviews like these, especially ones that mention a visit to Scarborough because of the book, that really warm my heart.

I also donated copies of the audiobook of Murder at the Seaview Hotel to two local community libraries - Fulwell Community Library and Back on the Map at Hendon library.


And... ta-dah!... the winner was drawn in my competition to win your name as a character in cosy crime number two - Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel. The draw was  made by my friend Lynn's assistance dog as all donations are going to Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability). The draw was filmed and you can see it online very soon when I announce the winner.


My new saga The Miner's Lass was featured in my local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo.  You can read it all 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. 


See you next week!

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

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