Lorraine Turnbull. Top Author Of The Week.


This week’s Top Author, is Lorraine Turnbull. Lorraine wanted to be a farmer since she was five years old.  After running a successful gardening business in Glasgow she uprooted herself and her family and moved to a run-down agriculturally tied bungalow in Cornwall.  She retrained as a teacher and taught horticulture at both adult & further education level, whilst running a one acre smallholding.  After working as a Skills Co-ordinator for The Rural Business School, she began started Spotty Dog Cider in 2010.

In 2014 she was recognised for her contribution to sustainable living by winning the Cornwall Sustainability Awards Best Individual category.

After successfully removing the Agricultural Occupancy Condition on her home she relocated to France; where unsurprisingly, she continues to run a smallholding and make cider.

She has published three books, The Sustainable Smallholders’ Handbook (2019), How to live the Good Life in France (2020) and Living off the Land: My Cornish Smallholding Dream (2020).

Hi Lorraine. Thank you for joining us today! Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else. (What a brilliant photo, Lorraine!)

Where do you write?

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown. (Great work! I can’t sew or knit, so I find this mightily impressive.)

You can purchase Lorraine’s book here: Amazon book page.

Gilli Allan. Top Author Of The Week.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce this week’s top author. Gilli Allan is a member of my Facebook book group, Lizzie’s Book Group and I always love to hear about her amazing writing journey. Today I have asked her to answer my questions in photos, so we can learn a little bit more about her life in a different way.

1. Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

This is the author picture for when I was first, main-stream published in the pre-digital age!

2. Where do you write? 

The study. Colloquially known as Gilli’s cave

3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

I am an artist and illustrator.  This is the front cover image from my son’s first publication, the children’s book, The Tale of King Harald – The Last Viking Adventure.

I love the English landscape, particularly the view from the back of my house down the valley

I love family.  I can’t find a picture of all of us together, but this is me and my son.

4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

Assos, in Kefalonia.  Unfortunately it is not looking so beautiful at the moment as they suffered a lot of destruction as a result of the recent medicane (Mediterranean hurricane) we will be returning as soon as possible because we have so many friends there.

5. Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made, during lockdown.

During lockdown I discovered the location of the grave (plus some additional information) about my great grandfather, John James Allan (stage name JJ Dallas). He was buried in Ladywell Cemetery, Lewisham as were other members of the family. I already he knew he was a Music Hall performer and a sometime member of the D’Oyley Carte Company, touring with them in America.

Find out more about Gilli and her amazing work here:


 Buried Treasure:

mybook.to/BURIEDTREASURE  or https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

 Other books – Amazon author page:      

author.to/GILLIALLAN  or https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gilli-Allan/


Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

She was published by Accent Press, now Accent Headline, and each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS, FLY or FALL as well as the independently published BURIED TREASURE, has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. He is published by William Collins.


Audrey Davis. Top Author Of The Week.

Today’s top author is Audrey Davis. Audrey is an active member of my writer and reader group on Facebook, Lizzie’s Book Group, and her books are wonderful reads!

Audrey is a Scottish-born former journalist, now resident in Switzerland. Her newspaper career saw her cover events in Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands, as well as working for a London-based movie magazine writing reviews and carrying out interviews.

She self-published her debut romantic comedy novel A Clean Sweep in June 2017, following an online Open University course in Writing Fiction.

Audrey followed up with a short, darker prequel A Clean Break before beginning work on a rom-com novella trilogy with a ghostly twist – The Haunting of Hattie Hastings. Again, reviews across the board were excellent, and it was combined into a standalone novel in November 2018.

A Wish For Jinnie is her third standalone novel.

Apart from writing, Audrey enjoys travel and spends a lot of time in Edinburgh. She is an avid cook, watcher of scary movies and reluctant gym-goer.

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else. (Me as a young journalist in the Falklands interviewing a Scottish soldier).

Where do you write? (My favourite writing spot, out on our terrace).

Use three photos or images to describe your personality. (Loving a scary ride at Europa Park in Germany. Ubiquitous glass in hand at son’s graduation ceremony. Huffing and puffing up a hill during a very long hike in Switzerland).

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination. (A typical Japanese procession in Tokyo last October).

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown. (Seared scallops cooked during lockdown).

You can buy a copy of Audrey’s fantastic new book here:




Networking Seminar


Hi everyone. I’m excited to be hosting my first online seminar for The Essex Book Festival this week, Wednesday evening at 7pm UK time.  I have run seminars in person before, but this is my first webinar! If you would like to join in, this is what I will be talking to my guests about:

If you are swamped with book marketing and looking for a way to find new sales, I will help you to learn simple and effective networking techniques, to grow your readership and connect with other authors and book lovers. Whether you are a new or experienced writer, self-published or traditionally published, this book will show you how to grow your readership and author network, through some of the most powerful of all marketing tools – word of mouth and recommendation.

This seminar will show you:

How networking can help you sell more books.

Why author branding is important.

How networking hours work.

Specific Facebook groups for writers

How to utilise social media to grow your readership.

How not to waste valuable writing time.

How to make our marketing more effective.

I hope you join me for the seminar!

Seminar link: Essex Book Festival: https://www.essexbookfestival.org.uk/event/social-networking-for-writers-an-online-seminar/

Emily Royal. Top Author Of The Week.

This week’s top author is Emily Royal

Emily lives in rural Scotland with her husband and two teenage daughters, together with their menagerie of pets including hamsters, chickens and 12 snakes. Despite popular opinion, her snakes are all friendly and include Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor and Burma, an unimaginatively-named Burmese Python, who loves to come out for cuddles. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, currently serving on the committee, and graduated from their New Writers’ Scheme.

Emily’s debut novel The Sins of the Sire, was published by Tirgearr on 13 March 2019 and is a gritty, dark and sexy historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland – a tale of vengeance and atonement set during William Wallace’s rebellion against Edward I. It’s the first in her Dark Highland Passions series and she’s currently writing the next book in the series. The Sins of the Sire is available as an e-book and is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Her second published book will be a standalone Medieval Romance, published later in the year by Wild Rose Press. Another dark and sexy historical, the book has themes of Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale.


Emily currently works as an actuary after having indulged in a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot almost 30 years ago when she left university. Her job enables her to travel, so she accumulates air miles as a passenger and uses her time waiting around at airports for drafting. She also has the opportunity to be creative with her job which has enabled her to teach and present lectures at various companies and institutions around the world, including a university in Beijing where the students were very interested to learn about romantic fiction, as well as actuarial science!

Emily is a sucker for a dark story, particularly if it contains a tortured hero, and she cites Gollum as her all-time favourite literary character.

Emily can be found at:

Twitter: @eroyalauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eroyalauthor/

Website: http://www.emroyal.com/

Links for The Sins of the Sire:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N974NW5/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N974NW5/


David P Perlmutter. Top Author Of The Week.


Today’s top author of the week is an author you probably already know well. His books are so popular that they regularly sit at the top of the bestseller lists. David P. Perlmutter is also working on a book to movie project at the moment which means we will see his work as a movie sometime soon!


About David:

I have a led a very colourful life, with some episodes so noteworthy that so far they have produced three thrilling true stories, with more to follow.

Away from writing and along with my girlfriend, who is also my editor, I am a volunteer Cancer Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, and have done many charity book signing events, to raise money for a cause that is very close to my heart.

I have four children and a grandson and I’m very close to my large family who feature in each of my books.

I started to write my first book when I lived in Portugal in 2013. I now live in London. The book, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, has been a #1 BESTSELLER on Amazon around the world, with many hundreds of 4 and 5* reviews. The story is based on true events that happened to me when I visited Marbella in 1991 and ended up wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter.

I’m very excited to say that the book is currently being turned into a screenplay with a view to it becoming a movie in the very near future, which is every author’s dream and something I could never have imagined when I began writing.

Another of my true stories is called FIVE WEEKS, about a trip I made to Pennsylvania, America for five weeks of training for a new job. I won’t give too much away, apart from saying that I was nearly left for dead in a Pennsylvania wood, and that’s after having a gun in my back in London.

My most recent book, also a true story, follows my escapades as a 21 year old, seeking fame and fortune in America. Entitled 24 HOURS IN NEW YORK, the clue is in the name as to the duration of my stay.

Away from writing true stories, I also write self-help books for indie authors. There are eight books in the MY WAY series, the majority being guides to self publishing and book marketing, the others featuring authors from around the world in various different genres.

All details of my books can be found on my website: www.davidpperlmutter.com 

You can also follow me on Twitter at @davepperlmutter

Check out David’s books here!

Lizzie’s writing news.

Some Wednesday smiles for you all.

I’ve been writing my first young adult (YA) book this week. I’m just about 3k words into it and am still adding the structure. It’s quite a deep story about how a family cope with a child that has ongoing health problems. My own child has serious contact allergies and although this is completely different from the basis of my story, I can already feel myself becoming emotional about how they all feel and what they do to cope. That said, we need more smiles in the world, so here are a few jokes to brighten your day.

Have a great day everyone.


So true!

Kirsten Hesketh. Top Author Of The Week.


It’s my pleasure to showcase the work of author, Kirsten Hesketh, today. Kirsten has a background in advertising and now runs her own consultancy specialising in psychological interviewing and focus groups. Over the past 25 years, she has interviewed the Great British public on everything from Rolos to razors.

Married with a teenage son, daughter and two exceptionally fluffy moggies, Kirsten is also a keen amateur archaeologist and loves to spend her weekends hacking through the mud on a local Roman dig. She is also a staunch supporter of Wycombe Wanderers – especially when they are winning!

You can find Kirsten on Twitter – @Kirsten_Hesketh

You can buy Kirsten’s beautiful book here: Amazon link.

Helen Matthews. Top Author of The Week.

Helen Matthews. Pin By Lizzie Chantree
I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s top author post. I’m joined by Helen Matthews! Helen writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her first novel, suspense thriller After Leaving the Village, won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival, and was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France, published by Hashtag Press. Her third novel Façade will be published by Darkstroke in late summer 2020, which is an imprint of Crooked Cat Books.

Born in Cardiff, Helen read English at the University of Liverpool and worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management. She fled corporate life to work freelance while studying for a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her stories and flash fiction have been shortlisted and published by Flash 500, 1000K Story, Reflex Press, Artificium and Love Sunday magazine.She is a keen cyclist, covering long distances if there aren’t any hills, sings in a choir and once appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York in a multi-choir performance. She loves spending time in France. Helen is an Ambassador for the charity, Unseen, which works towards a world without slavery and donates her author talk fees, and a percentage of royalties, to the charity.

1. A photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else – This is a photo at a book signing in Barton’s indie bookshop, Leatherhead (now sadly closed).
2. Where do you write – This is where I write when I’m in France.
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3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality – Cycling, singing (this one is in Carnegie Hall, New York) and Rolling Stones concert.
4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination – Beautiful Tenby.
5. Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown – home grown peas.
Buy Helen’s book here: Facade cover final.jpeg mybook.to/facade

Rose McClelland. Top Author Of The Week.


This week’s amazing top author is Rose McClelland. Rose is a fellow Crooked Cat Books author and she now also writes under their new label, Darkstroke Books. I cannot wait to read Rose’s new novel, as she is such a talented writer.

“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast. She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.

She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

(childhood pic – I’m the one in the frilly blouse!)

(1) childhood

Where do you write? (office – always with a cat!)  –  So cute! 

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

Degradado Neutro -3 Hard, polarizador, trípode

Sunny Spain. 

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

(Making and marketing my book!)

(5) book

Book link:  mybook.to/underyourskin


Rose McClelland Author

Facebook Author page: https://rebrand.ly/0vujcw4

Facebook Personal page: https://www.facebook.com/rose.mcclelland2

Amazon.  https://rebrand.ly/y01dhpg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

Blog: http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/p/home-1.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosiegirl2000/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805471.Rose_McClelland