Return to Homepage

And another atmospheric, drama-filled one from Jean Fullerton's 1940s district nurse series! 

Well maybe it's because my head's been full of vintage this and retro that lately, but I really fancied listening to this audiobook next, after recommending her latest from the Connie series a few weeks ago. I'd actually not read this one, instead I'd already ploughed through the Nurse Millie books, so it was lovely to hear how Jean interweaves the two nurse's tales together.

I'm finding I'm loving the contemporary touches - like references to what they eat and drink, how they travel, news of the day, even interactions between women and men. It's so well done, honestly - really worth a read.

For Nurse Connie Byrne the end of the war signals the beginning of a new chapter and as the revelries go on around the city, Connie's mind is on another celebration that she'll be able to arrange - the wedding to her sweetheart, Charlie, set to take place as soon as he arrives home. But when Connie meets Charlie off the train at London Bridge, she finds that his homecoming isn't quite going to go according to plan.

From one reviewer -

"This is a page-turning saga in which we meet memorable characters, and learn a lot about nursing in 1945. Connie Byrne is a determined, staunch and upright young woman facing a demanding job, and a difficult relationship with a fiance who has returned from the war with a shock in store for her. Charlie is convincingly plausible as the unreliable and self-seeking fiance, with looks to melt your heart, and Connie's nursing friends are real individuals not just cardboard cut-outs. Connie's journey up the ladder of the nursing profession is a difficult one, but the book does not shy away from the sexism of the times, and from the harsh realities of life in the East End of London for poorer communities.
The interest in this novel is in immersing yourself in another time and period, and in the pre-NHS nursing system, all lovingly evoked by the author."

Get Fetch Nurse Millie from Amazon here - click here

 

other news -

- cool ideas for bookshelves - you've never seen anything till you've seen these! Which is your fave? I love the idea of thw swinging newston's cradle-type ones, but I think the star , well, outshines the rest! click here to see them, great pics. 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

X

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie is by the talented author Jean Fullerton. The 1940s were not an easy time for a midwife! But as a former district nurse, Jean writes convincingly and authentically about the ups and downs of nurse Millie and nurse Connie in that era. Great audiobooks too.

Nurse Connie Byrne has lived and worked through the Second World War, has celebrated its ending with friends and patients in the East End of London and is now enjoying a fresh new chapter in her life and looking forward to her wedding. But, as many a young bride-to-be has proved, the path of true love never runs smooth....

One reviewer says -

"I loved Wedding Bells for Connie from start to finish and as usual, wished I hadn't come to the end. If you are interested in pre-war life among the medical services and the poor people of the cities, then this is a must read. My favourite character in this book is Dr. McCausland (Hari) because ........ well, you have to read it to see what I mean!! I can't wait for Jean 'Fullerton's next book"

More from Nurse Connie on amazon here! Looking forward to reading it on audio book! And more from Jean Fullerton here.

Other news -

- the Historical Novelists' Society weekend in Oxford, HNS2016Oxford, was good value. It wasn't that expensive either, given what was included, IMO. Go here to find out more about next year's. I thoroughly enjoyed the keynote addresses from Melvyn Bragg and also Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring), and the lovely Jean Fullerton, workshopping about period detail. Plus some super colourful extras, about which I posted pics on Facebook here! They are international – next year’s is in Colorado I think! This was my first and I did enjoy it. There were several historical demonstrations, like a re-creation of the Bayeux tapestry, only done in English; authentic mediaeval clothes worn by a monk, dyed with plants. And this one, featuring a very scary knight! Very entertaining.And their main website is here for more info about writing a period piece.

 

- Go here for some super writing tips from top authors including William Boyd, in the Guardian - from 'show don't tell' to observation, click here.

- and none other than a TED talk all about what makes a best seller - if you love a good video, watch it here!

- Plus - there’s a new book out from one of my fellow authors, E. M. Davey, author of Foretold by Thunder. His new thriller is out now - here's the Amazon link to buy it - click here. The Napoleon Complex is intriguing.

Napoleon stood before a stormy sky. In his hand was a scroll, and on that scroll were characters. Etruscan characters. How was Napoleon able to coordinate his armies over great distances in an age before radio or the telegraph? What lay behind his string of astonishingly accurate predictions? And how did the son of a provincial Corsican family raise himself up to be the most powerful man on earth? The second instalment of the epic Book of Thunder series catapults reporter Jake Wolsey into the seismic geopolitical events of the nineteenth century. But if Napoleon Bonaparte obtained the ability to predict the future, why was he ever defeated?

Looks good!

 

  more on Ed's website here.

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

  

 FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

  DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

 ‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

  NON-FICTION

 Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Hallowe'en Freebie!

Just until 1st November my spooky short novella WHen Dreams Return is free on Ebook from amazon - get it here! When Chelle is persuaded by Sara to use an ancient book of magic spells to conjure up her ideal man, what happens next is the last thing Chelle expected. Is her husband Andy's disappearance linked to a strange black cat with vivid emerald eyes? And what is the strange shadow in the attic of her newly renovated Victorian house, where she must spend tonight alone. For a girl whose artwork depends upon her elusive dreams for inspiration, will the supernatural goings-on be a nightmare, or the answer to her prayers? 

Also if you're stocking up on eBooks, don't forget there is an anthology of 13 short stories and novellas here - Hocus Pocus ’14 – eBook or paperback on Amazon

 

 

Book of the Week - Call Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton

It's lovely to find a new series of books, isn't it? Well I've had my eye on this series for ages, and managed to download the audiobook from audible.co.uk and loved it! As you will know, regulars, I've got a penchant for being told stories in my car, and I whiled many a happy hour away in the company of Nurse Millie and her colleagues, family and patients, in the atmospheric setting created by talented author Jean Fullerton.

It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

Lovely series including a very timely one - Christmas with Nurse Millie - out now! Clever conflict and great interweaving of the individual stories of patients and adversaries, I'm loving it! If you love period novels, do give it a try. Meanwhile I asked Jean a few questions about her fabulous series.

Q1 - why did you write about this era? how did you do the research? Is there a personal connection?

I find the immediate post-era fascinating. Most people imagine that once peace was declared we shifted into the ‘you’ve never had it so good’ 1950 but in fact for most ordinary people the five years following the end of WW2 were almost as bad as the war years themselves.

The NHS came into being in July 1948 so in Call Nurse Millie, the first of my East London nurse series, I chose to explore Millie’s nursing world before the introduction of free universal health care.

 Although I’m a district nurse Millie’s way of nursing over seventy years ago is vastly different not only because of the drug therapies and equipment now available but because social attitudes were so very different.

I use prime sources for my research so I have collected numerous nursing and midwifery text books of the period along with many nursing biographies to help me get the authentic feel to Millie and her friend Connie’s work. I also have maps, general biographies like the Mass Observational diaries and specific books dealing with rationing, cars of the period and post-war social issues.

I have a very personal connection to Millie’s story as my family have lived in the Wapping and Shadwell area where Millie and Connie work since the 1840s. In fact I have Millie’s mother living in the house in Anthony Street where I lived in as a child until we were moved to a council flat under the LCC slum clearance programme.  My other connection is I have worked as a district nurse in East London for my entire district nurse career firstly, in Newham and latterly in Dagenham and Havering.         

 

Q2 - what's the order of the Millie books?

            The best way to read the Millie series is Call Nurse Millie which starts on VE day in 1945 then All Change for Nurse Millie, which opens on the day the NHS began in 1948.  Christmas with Nurse Millie is set over the Christmas 1947 between Call Nurse Millie and All Change for Nurse Millie. Easter with Nurse Millie is a standalone set in 1953 so you’d be better off reading it last. Fetch Nurse Connie also starts on VE day in 1945 and is the current one in the series.  

 

Q3 - tell us about the main characters, in Call Nurse Millie. What's the nicest thing someone's said about it?

 The main character is Millie Sullivan who is a hard-working district nurse and midwife who is employed by the St George and Dunstan’s Nursing Association. As she nurse before the NHS she has to undertake all nursing duties including school nursing, baby clinics, home deliveries and care of the dying all of which are now nursing specialities. She is intelligent and resourceful and always put her patients first. The nicest thing anyone ever said about Millie was ‘my mum was on the district after the War and your Millie sound just like her.’   

 

Q4 - what are you working on now? What's next?

 I’m just putting the final touches to Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie, which is out in May 2016 and then after Christmas I’ll be starting my 2017 book. I’m just talking to my publisher about the next contract at the moment so I’m not sure what it will be just yet but I can tell you for certain it will be set in East London. 

 

Q5 - how best to keep in contact with you?

 You can contact me via my website wwwjeanfullerton.com by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/ or follow me on Twitter  @JeanFullerton__

What a fantastic insight into the work that goes into a series like this! Hope you enjoy it as much as I am, and thanks to the lovely Jean for such a detailed interview!

 

get Call Nurse Millie on Amazon in ebook, paperback or audiobook here.

 

 

CHOC LIT NEWS! MY PAPERBACK OUT DECEMBER 7TH IN SHOPS!

Here is the confirmation, my first ever steamy romance, part of the 'Hot Choc Lit' imprint at my publishers, is definitely going to be in some bookshops from December 7th. Am very very excited. it'll be the moment I've dreamed about all my life, when I can go into a shop, eg WHSmith's travel (rail stations and airports, eg) and see my own book on the shelf! Squeee! Here's the page to pre order it if you want from Choc Lit direct.

Specially for those who got the Amazon Fire Tablet featuring Kindle, on QVC last weekend! 

Best wishes

Debs X

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via @debbieflint on Twitter!#

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops 7th Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Went to the Romantic Novelists’ Awards Event – RoNAs

My first industry event as a published signed author was Monday night – felt very different, I must say! This is the grand library at One Whitehall Place – can you just about see none other than Barbara Taylor Bradford in the background?! It was a great night, had some lovely chats, including with two of the beta readers, Vanessa and Mary – Vanessa told me she loved Liz Earle. And – can’t get away from it – one of the lovely category WINNERS was Lucy Dillon herself, who told me she leaves QVC on at home for her Bassett Hounds to watch! Lol!

Fab night and loved being part of it. Who knows, maybe one day one of mine will be nominated! Julie Cohen’s was, here she is with me, another author Jean Fullerton (who writes the ‘Call Nurse Millie’ sagas) and Alison May, also with Choc Lit.

 

Barbara Taylor Bradford presented the awards, which was a huge honour for all concerned since most cited 'A Woman of Substance' as one of their key influences, and she was both funny and delightful, telling everyone, Brucie style, that the star shaped award was because 'you are a star,' and saying at one point in her own inimitable way that 'writing can be hard, but when it goes perfectly right, it's like having a good orgasm. She's 81!

 

Book of the Week – A Hundred Pieces of Me

So naturally my Book of the Week is one of the winners. Lucy Dillon’s lovely story takes her through the memories associated with the trinkets she is clearing out to make space in her house – with unexpected consequences. The judges loved it and she won the hotly contested Contemporary Romantic Novel category. Already highly reviewed, you can get it here on Amazon, where you'll see it has 4.3 out of 5 average over 106 reviews!

Go to bottom of page to find out more about it and the other winners on the Romantic Novelists Association site – in case you want to add some new authors to your collection! I've already downloaded 'THe Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, with 86 five star reviews, about a young Irish woman on the Titanic, a seamless blend of fact and fiction. My next book on audible, along with Lucy's! Yay!

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon since 14th March.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

 

 

FEATURE OF THE WEEK -

The winners of the RoNA awards 2015

 

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me,  Hodder & Stoughton

 

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.


Ella Harper, Pieces of You, Avon

 

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.


The Girl Who Came Home' by Hazel Gaynor, William Morrow, (Harper Collins)

 

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.


Lucy-Anne Holmes, Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy, Sphere (Little, Brown)

 

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Joss Stirling, Struck, Oxford University Press WHICH ALSO WON THE OVERALL ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

The RoNA Rose Award recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

 

A gallery of images of authors and books can be found at http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/activities/photo_galleries