Author Spotlight: Claire Boley

Claire Boley was born in Exeter Devon UK. Aged six she moved to Winslow Buckinghamshire where she went to school in Aylesbury. In between lessons she used to tell stories to her school friends. After leaving school the story telling went on the back burner as she left home to train to become a nurse. After she retired from nursing she read an article about bread making by a friend in a national magazine when she though, “I can do that” and she did.

Since then she has written articles in many national magazines on different subjects including hand spinning, natural dyeing, pottery, jam making, and hanging baskets. If Only I’d Listened is her debut novel but second book. The first was a craft book Hand Spinning and Natural Dyeing which she was commissioned to write in 2011.

Her debut novel is a hard hitting family saga based in London in 1965. Samantha a 16 year old school girl gets pregnant by her sixth form boyfriend Peter Knight. Samantha spends most of the nine months in and out of hospital while Peter spends his time studying for his A levels with view to going to university. Along the way he is encouraged by his mates to go out and about to pubs and clubs in the West End of London.

Published July 27, 2017
320 pages

IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND PREGNANT? How ready are you for that?
How would you deal with becoming a parent before you’ve left school?
One thing’s for sure, you can’t unmake babies.

A fact that’s borne in on Peter Knight and Samantha Smithson, sixth formers at the South East Comprehensive in Deptford, living at a time when many parents are still of the old school and pregnancy outside marriage carries a stigma. Having to face their parents, their school friends, teachers and gossip is only the beginning. Pete’s plans for university are scotched as he must seek work and accommodation suitable for a young family. And all the time he still wants to have fun, with ‘friends’ quite happy to tempt him to do it. As for Samantha, abortion is no easy option. Yet as her health and her faith in Peter goes up and down, she may have to think the unthinkable.

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Other Works:

Spinning is one of the most ancient of crafts. There are few things as satisfying as seeing a yarn that has been spun from a fleece, especially having produced it yourself. With colour and black and white photographs and diagrams throughout, this practical book is a comprehensive, step-by-step, guide detailing everything you need to know to start spinning as well as dyeing so that you can go on to reproduce your own wool for knitting or weaving. The author starts, as all spinners will do, with the wool. What are you looking for when you choose the fleece? How do you clean and prepare it ready for spinning? How do you use a spindle, how do you make ply yarn, fancy yarns, skeins and what is a niddy noddy anyway? Spinning techniques and tricks of the trade are explained as well as advice on getting hand spun yarn ready for hand knitting and a few patterns are shared along the way. The author has also included sections on the spinning wheels themselves. She give good advice on what to look for when buying a wheel, the operation, how to thread, learning to treadle as well as maintenance of the wheel. Claire uses natural plants to dye her wool and she dedicates a section of the book to recipes that will help to achieve wonderful colours not available through commercially purchased wools.

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Contact Claire:
Twitter @ClaireBoley

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape Double Cover Reveal @rararesources @wordfocus @SueF_Writer

Today I am helping in the double cover reveal for A Falling Friend and A Forsaken Friend by authors Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape.

A Falling Friend:

There are two sides to every friendship.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate.

What could possibly go wrong?

Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.

And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.

A Forsaken Friend:

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

Now that we know what the novels are about, what do the covers look like? You are about to find out!








Here they are!





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One winner will receive an e-book of A FALLING FRIEND and an e-ARC of A FORSAKEN FRIEND as well as wine voucher!
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About the Authors

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.

They blog about books at Book Lovers’ Booklist

You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus


First Line Friday #58

Today’s First Line Friday is one I have had for a while, just not read yet (Yes, I know…. That never ending TBR mountain).  I love the cover, it’s so shiny! This week I am going to share the first few lines since it all flows well.

I have lived more than a thousand years. I have died countless times.  I forget precisely how many times.  My memory is an extraordinary thing, but it is not perfect. I am human.

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.

But just when Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

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