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Judith Gibbons is a new friend – I haven’t met her in the flesh, but her grit and determination are evident. I’ll let you speak for yourself, Judith! You can’t tell anybody about this Mrs Gibbons Those word were spoken by a 6ft tall 15 year old youth who had ALMOST been…

Today is Day 24 of the Christmas with the Crooked Cats Advent Calendar, and it’s my turn to reveal what’s behind the door.

Here, then, is a little Christmas-related ditty.  From all at Barnard Towers, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2017.



Building a home, a place of your own,

is a careful and skilled operation;

be it palace or croft, from cellar to loft

you must start with a stable foundation.


Doors, passages, halls, windows, ceilings and walls

are all signs of great civilisation,

but what makes buildings sound is what’s under the ground –

so there must be a stable foundation.


When the world first began, built to one clever plan,

human life was the greatest creation.

But no matter how fine is the final design,

it must start with a stable foundation.


The Creator, afraid that the world that He’d made

might be heading for hell and damnation,

concocted a plan which could save sinful man –

but it must have a stable foundation.


So with angels in flight, on a Bethlehem night,

to a world cursed with pain and frustration

came One whose sole aim was to end sin and shame;

He began with a stable foundation.

Shani Struthers

Sue Barnard author picWelcome to Sue Barnard today with a tale of something lovely and festive that happened to her three years ago. Grab a coffee, have a read and then check out her books on Amazon. I’ve got all three on my Kindle and look forward to reading them soon.  Take it away, Sue…


Almost exactly three years ago, I met Santa.

No, you didn’t read that wrong.  It was, truly, only three years ago.

Let me set the scene.  It was a grey, gloomy, rainy Saturday – one of those days where you get the impression that it’s never going to get fully light – in late November 2012.  For reasons which I won’t trouble you with here, I was spending the day, on my own, in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the time I was working on my debut novel, which was based very heavily on one of William Shakespeare’s most…

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Jennifer C. Wilson

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Sue Barnard to my blog, talking about historical fiction, and her writing process.

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So, Sue, what first attracted you to the eras you’ve written about?
In the case of The Ghostly Father (which is set mostly in medieval Italy) it wasn’t so much the era as the story itself, but more about that later. Nice Girls Don’t is set in 1982, so it isn’t too far in the past, but it’s an era which I remember very well from my youth. The story also contains flashbacks to World War 2 and World War 1.

NGD frontI didn’t really set out to write historical fiction as such – it happened more or less by accident.
The Ghostly Father was written in response to the prompt Write The Book You Want To Read. I’ve always loved the story of Romeo and Juliet but hated the way…

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Just to let you know that all three of my novels are available on Amazon Kindle for just 99p each (or the equivalent in your local currency) for this week only!

Click on the titles below to be directed to your local Amazon site:

The Ghostly Father

Nice Girls Don’t

The Unkindest Cut of All

Or to visit my Amazon Author Page, click here.

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