Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Foxden Acres Ranked 76 in Historical Romance & 82 in Family Sagas.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Foxden Acres. A 30 second book trailer while procrastinating

Sleepless nights and procrastinating instead of writing. 

Why do we do it?  I'm currently learning a couple of sketches of Joyce Grenfell's to perform at the Lutterworth WI annual dinner in ten days time.  Scary.  I've been a guest speaker at the WI, talking about my acting and writing career.  But I haven't had to learn someone else's dialogue, or perform it, since I worked on a couple of Chanel Five children series 8 years ago.  And television is very different, anyway.  If you forget, or fluff a line, you can shoot it again.  Not that I ever would.  I used to have sleepless nights in those days too.  Was it worth it?  You bet.

Last night I had one of those 'I can't do this!' nights.  Nothing on the television, so I started to read the blogs I follow.  And I'm pleased I did.  Morgen Bailey's blog is fantastic (You could spend a month reading it.) I remembered a post about a short free book trailer site, and decided to looked into it. 

Click the link below to see my first attempt at a book trailer with

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Famous Five Plus: HUG A BOOK with Madalyn Morgan

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An excerpt from Foxden Acres, by Madalyn Morgan                                                                      

 In the worst case, Bess wouldn’t find the missing book and would have to take a later train.  In the best case, she’d find it and see James Foxden.  Then to hell with the train, she laughed.  As she neared the Hall, her heart began to beat faster.
      To her relief she found the book immediately.  It had slipped between the seat-cushion and the backrest of the window-seat on New Year’s Eve.  She had finished reading it and put it down to look out of the window, as she was doing now, and – her stomach turned a somersault – James was in the courtyard standing by his car. 
      She scrambled onto the seat and watched him walk from the car to the house.  Within seconds, he was back carrying an assortment of cases, which he strapped on the back of his car.  He returned to the house as a young maid came out carrying a tartan blanket.  The maid went to the passenger door of the car, opened it and, leaning in, wrapped the blanket around someone’s legs.  Bess leaned closer to the window.  It was James’ beautiful dance partner, from the New Year party.
      ‘Caught you,’ James said, looking over her shoulder to see what it was that had captured her attention so fully.   
      Bess shrieked. 
      ‘Sorry if I made you jump but I wanted to catch you before I left.  I’m driving Annabel home to Kent but I’ll be in London tomorrow and I was thinking that, since we're both down there, perhaps we could meet up…  I could telephone you and…?’
      Bess opened her mouth, but couldn’t speak.  There was no public telephone at her lodgings and Mrs McAllister, her landlady, didn’t allow her tenants to make or accept calls on her private telephone unless it was an emergency.  Nor did she approve of them having gentlemen friends. 
      ‘But if you would rather I didn’t call,’ James said.
      ‘No, it isn’t that-- It’s my landlady,’ she said feeling an utter innocent and a fool.
      ‘Then I’ll give you my card and if you have a free evening you can call me.  We could meet in town, see a show and have a bite of supper.  Go to a dance at the Lyceum or the Trocadero.’
      Bess accepted the small card.  ‘I’d like that.’
      ‘See you in London, then!’  Smiling, James offered Bess his hand.
      ‘Yes…  London,’ she said, taking his hand. 
      By the time she’d formulated the word ‘goodbye’, James had left.  She heard his car start up.  She ran to the window overlooking the drive as the small green sports car, enveloped in a cloud of exhaust smoke, disappeared down the drive.
      Bess stood in the empty library for some minutes.  Did James Foxden invite her, Bess Dudley, to supper in London?  Did he, or did she imagine that he held her hand for a little longer than was necessary when he said goodbye?  Well, maybe she did imagine that, but one thing she did not imagine was the small white business card with James’s name and telephone number, which she was holding in her hand.
      Before she burst with excitement, Bess put the card between the pages of her book and ran home.


Friday, 20 September 2013

Famous Five Plus Author Showcase

Amazing design and music: Showcasing The Talented Authors of Famous Five Plus!

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Published on 19 Sep 2013
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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Sometimes It Happens by Pauline Barclay: 5* Rich mix of entertaining characters



"Literature, love and insights" Thank you, Georgina Shaw. You saw in Foxden Acres everything I hoped the reader would see.

4 out of 5 stars Literature, love and insights, 16 Sep 2013
This review is from: Foxden Acres (Kindle Edition)
Not my usual reading material so I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed the story of Bess and her experiences during WW11.

Initially, I thought this was going to be just a love story of poor girl and rich boy but there are elements of Jewish persecution, post traumatic stress disorder, the land girls and so much more which twists and turns through London and the Midlands.

A story which gives an intersting glimpse into life during the second world war with a happy ending, but not the one expected.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Another 5 Star Review for Foxden Acres. Thank you, R.L.B.

5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Story. 2 Sep 2013

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This review is from: Foxden Acres (Kindle Edition)

This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I was not disappointed. The story was very realistic in places, it wasn't all sweetness and light, it was, I think true to life, I read it in two days.
I will certainly read Madalyn Morgan's other books.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Famous Five Plus: Reviewed: Foxden Acres by Madalyn Morgan

 “If you love war time drama, you will love Foxden Acres by Madalyn Morgan ,” says Pauline Barclay . Foxden Acres is not only well written, but a beautiful story. Set during the Second World War it brings to life changes that affected everyone during those terrible times, be they living in the cities or the country. Lives change forever and nothing will be the same again.

I can not wait for more from this talented author.

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